Rome, Italy – Italy could be bidding to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The football federation is now in the process of finalising its 2018-19 budget for the tournament and is keen to take advantage of its new status to secure a place at the tournament.
The Football Association of Italy, the governing body for Italian football, has recently been preparing for the next four years and its budget has already been reduced.
Its latest budget is being seen as a “very important” measure for the future of the competition and could pave the way for an eventual bid.
The FAI has also been talking with the Confederation of South American Football Associations (CONMEBOL) and FIFA, which are responsible for organising the 2022 tournament, over possible financial cooperation for the World Cup as well as hosting a tournament.
“This budget is not a threat to the 2022 bidding,” said Federico Maroni, vice president of the FAI, during a conference call with reporters on Thursday.
“We are in a very critical situation.”
The 2018-2019 budget for Italy’s football federation includes spending on the national team, the national stadium, the media and sport and on the FIFA Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament in Russia.
The 2018 World Cup bid had been in the works for years but was never put in motion as FIFA was in the midst of its own internal deliberations.
The tournament is being held in China from July 25 to August 6, 2022.