Ireland will be part of a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup, alongside Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.
The formal bidding process for the international tournament's centenary edition will open in 2022, with next year's tournament set to take place in Qatar, and the UK government have committed to supporting the joint bid for 2030.
"The football associations and government partners of the UK and Ireland are delighted that the UK government has committed to support a prospective five association bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup," a joint-statement from the FAI read.
"We will continue to undertake feasibility work to assess the viability of a bid before FIFA formally open the process in 2022. Staging a FIFA World Cup would provide an incredible opportunity to deliver tangible benefits for our nations. If a decision is made to bid for the event, we look forward to presenting our hosting proposals to FIFA and the wider global football community."
The 2026 World Cup will be co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada.
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