World Cup 2020: Japan to host the 2028 tournament

BBC Sports Guide: World Cup Tokyo 2020

Year: 2028 Date: 1 August TV: 1830-2200 BST, BBC Two UK Highlights

The 2028 World Cup will be held in Japan and the UK.

There will be a tournament across 13 venues in the host cities of Tokyo, Nagoya, Yokohama, and Nagasaki.

Athletes will compete over 28 days, with the opening match at the Tokyo National Stadium to be followed by the closing ceremony in Yokohama.

A host nation has not hosted the tournament since South Africa’s successful campaign in 2010.

When will it be held?

It is likely that the tournament will be in the second half of 2020, when Tokyo will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its annexation by Japan.

The Japan Football Association recently stated that the target date for the country to be ready was 22 October 2020.

What players will it feature?

Wales’ Chris Coleman (second right) was an unused reserve goalkeeper for the Wales side at the 1994 World Cup in the United States

Two of the Fifa World Player of the Year, Neymar and Lionel Messi, will be among the players taking part, and some of the current Premier League stars – including Barcelona’s Gerard Pique, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Manchester United’s David de Gea – will feature.

Competition between European teams will be strong, with heavyweights such as France, Germany, England, Spain and Italy all having qualified for the European Championships in the previous two years.

Tiger Woods is expected to play golf in the tournament.

How much will it cost?

Around 3.3bn yen (£22.5m) will be spent on preparing for the tournament, according to an estimate made in 2014.

The budget was expanded by the previous Japanese government, and expanded again to more than four times that amount in 2017.

The organising committee says it will generate 1bn yen in sponsorship, while sponsors will contribute about 800m yen.

Are you eligible?

England had been in the running to host the tournament but the move was blocked by the Football Association last November, prompting a letter from FA chairman Greg Clarke to Fifa president Gianni Infantino.

Football-mad Japan, meanwhile, has had a long and proud sporting history, with Japan winning the gold medal at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris and World War II athletes winning gold and silver at the 1948 Olympics in London.

All of which helps to explain why the Japanese authorities are excited about welcoming the world to Japan for the event.

“Our preparation is finally focused on the idea that this will be a great opportunity to create an unforgettable experience for the people of Japan and the countries who will come to come to take part in the tournament,” said Nobuhisa Sagawa, the head of Fifa’s Japan office.

Who else is interested?

South Africa did not want to host the 2028 World Cup, and Qatar has been considered as a possible replacement.

However, Fifa has announced that it will vote next month on who will host the 2026 tournament.

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