Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE consider joint bid for Under-20 World Cup

Iraq’s Ali Adnan (center), dribbles between Uruguay’s Guilermo Varela, right, and Gino Acevedo, during their Under-20 World Cup semifinal soccer match at the Huseyin Avni Aker stadium in Trabzon, Turkey. (File photo: AP)

Myanmar and Thailand have expressed interest in co-hosting the Under-20 World Cup in 2021 while Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates are considering a three-way joint bid, global soccer body FIFA said on Thursday.

FIFA said it had also received expressions of interest from Indonesia, Peru and Brazil to host individually.

The deadline to formally submit bids is August 30 with the hosts expected to be chosen by the end of the year.

Saudi Arabia hosted the two-yearly tournament on its own in 1989 and the United Arab Emirates in 2003.

Poland will stage this year’s event.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:59 - GMT 06:59