The Asian Football Confederation’s General Assembly officially announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has won the bid to host the AFC Asian Cup 2027.
Held in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the 33rd General Assembly of the Asian Football Confederation entrusted the task of organizing the finals of the nineteenth edition of the AFC Asian Cup to the Kingdom, which submitted, through the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, a request to host in February 2020, with the slogan “Together for the future of Asia”.
The stadiums in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam will host the finals of the event in eight main stadiums. Three new stadiums will be built: Riyadh Stadium, Qiddiya Stadium, and Dammam Stadium. King Fahd Stadium, Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Stadium, Prince Muhammad Bin Fahd Stadium, and Prince Saud Bin Jalawi City will be redeveloped, whilst King Abdullah Sports City, Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium, and King Saud University Stadium will also be updated, though no further details have been provided at this time.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports and President of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, expressed thanks and gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Crown Prince for their support with the bid to host the AFC Asian Cup 2027. Al-Faisal added that the unlimited support of the wise leadership was the motive for us during two years of continuous effort in order to win the honour of hosting a continental sporting event, allowing fans them an enjoyable experience that shows the authentic heritage of the Kingdom’s civilization and culture and its development in various fields.
The President of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation continued that hosting the AFC Asian Cup constitutes an opportunity to highlight football excellence and the Saudis’ passion for football, in addition to highlighting the culture, arts, and tourist, natural and cultural treasures that are embraced by all regions of the Kingdom.