– Saudi Arabia to host 2034 men's FIFA World Cup after Australia withdraws bid.

– Football Australia decided not to bid for the 2034 competition after considering various factors.

– Australia focuses on bids for the Women’s Asian Cup in 2026 and FIFA Club World Cup in 2029.

– Saudi Arabia became the sole confirmed bidder for the 2034 tournament after Australia's withdrawal.

– FIFA emphasizes infrastructure, services, commercial and sustainability, and human rights as priority areas for bids.

– Hosting the World Cup would be considered a significant achievement for Saudi Arabia, raising concerns about sportswashing.

– Despite criticisms of sportswashing, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) stated that he disregards such descriptions of the country's sports investments.

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