The countrywide football associations of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will meet in Rome after the annual Uefa congress within the Italian capital.

The meeting is about to encompass an assessment of ability venues to put ahead if the bid proceeds.

World Cups from 2026 onwards will be contested via forty-eight teams.

The 2026 event, to be staged inside the United States, Canada, and Mexico, is ready to take place at sixteen unique venues and the British and Irish associations will most unadorned look at grounds with a minimum of forty,000 seats.

There is likewise a choice to maximize the geographical unfold of the match – something that might see handiest or a maximum of three stadiums in London.

However, Fifa technical specifications for World Cup venues are worrying, and the five associations are aware that even up to date, current sites which include Anfield and Old Trafford – and even the brand new White Hart Lane – could now not attain the required fashionable at present.

That is due to the fact grounds want to provide sufficient run-off area for players and the ok regions for photographers.

Friday’s assembly is likewise predicted to discuss efforts to gain backing from the British and Irish governments – an essential detail for all prospective bids. There is similarly a preference for the British Government to guide building a new venue in Belfast.

No final selection on whether or not to continue with the joint bid is expected to be taken earlier than the spring of 2020 at the earliest, and the Rome talks are a part of wide-ranging feasibility take a look at.

The 1966 World Cup became staged in England, even as London, Glasgow, and Dublin are many of the cities to host suits on the 2020 European Championship.

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