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01 Jun 2021

A strong vision for the AFC Asian Cup 2027

For the first time in history, Saudi Arabia is bidding to host the AFC Asian Cup in 2027. The vision for 2027 goes beyond hosting a one-month tournament and is truly focused on the development and growth of Asian football.

Saudi Arabia has a long history and a strong passion for football, which can be seen in the success of the national team on the field, the continued commitment of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation towards developing the game throughout the country, and the passion and energy that fans bring to every match. We see firsthand how football is on the rise across Asia. With the anticipation of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023, and the spotlight on the upcoming FIFA World Cup taking place in Asia, now is the time for all of Asian football to benefit from the positive momentum being created. Underlining its ambition to host the AFC Asian Cup 2027 in Saudi Arabia for the first-time ever, is the opportunity to ensure that this momentum is not only carried forward but that it is renewed and expanded to include each and every football association across Asia. Should the AFC Asian Cup 2027 be staged in Saudi Arabia, it will be much more than a football tournament; it will be the next step forward for Asian football, creating a strong legacy for all.

Our country is undergoing its own transformation through our national Vision 2030. We are ready to use our long-standing passion for football as a catalyst for the continued growth of the game across Asia – enabling all football associations to experience, exchange and expand like never before!

A new experience

The AFC Asian Cup 2027 will benefit from Saudi Arabia’s renewed focus on innovation and state-of-the-art technology blended with our long history of premium hospitality in an exciting and transforming country.

A new exchange

An AFC Asian Cup 2027 in Saudi Arabia will be the opportunity for all football associations in Asia to benefit from our proud history of footballing success and commitment to football development. We want to use the tournament to engage with and involve every AFC Member Association, both in the tournament’s organisation and our proven development programmes, providing every corner of Asia with the tools they need to grow the game.

A new expansion

With the possibility to bring the AFC Asian Cup to Saudi Arabia for the first-time ever in 2027, Asian football has the unique opportunity to enter a new, prosperous market in an established and stable economy. We will use our strong network to build long-lasting relationships that will benefit all of Asian football, bringing new resources and opportunities to further expand and move Asian football forward.

We have exciting plans for 2027. Watch our new video and feel the spirit of Saudi Arabia’s vision for the AFC Asian Cup 2027 come to life


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Saudi Arabian Football Federation

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) is the governing body for football across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, responsible for overseeing the growth of the beautiful game at the elite and grassroots level.

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