8 of the 12 venues for the World Cup 2030 would be in Argentina if the joint bid is accepted. (Télam / José Romero)

The organizing committee for the joint Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup has divvied up the 12 venues for matches and announced plans to ask FIFA to select the hosts for tournament in 2020, two years earlier than scheduled.

Speaking today at the Casa Rosada, Sports Secretary Carlos Mac Allister, organizer Fernando Marín, and AFA President Claudio “Chiqui” Tapia along with their Uruguayan counterparts Fernando Cáceres, Eduado Abulafia, and Wilmar Valdéz, the officials noted that of the 12 venues that the organizers are planning for their bid, eight would be in Argentina and the remaining four divided evenly between Uruguay and Paraguay.

Paraguayan officials were absent because their flight was re-directed to Córdoba.

While the 2030 World Cup host has not been designated, Marín said “we assume that the World Cup will be ours. This is not simply us saying what we’d like. It’s nearly a sure thing, given the strength of the commemoration of a hundred years since the start of world football; that tradition must be respected by the competitors and anyone who wants to host.”

The first Word Cup was hosted and won by Uruguay in 1930, making the 2030 World Cup the centennial of what has become a multi-billion dollar sporting event.

Mac Allister noted that he felt that the World Cup would be awarded to Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay because “it’s 100 years since the first World Cup, two of the organizers – Argentina and Uruguay – have been world champions, and because the three current presidents – Mauricio Macri, Tabaré Vázquez, and Horacio Cartes – have been club presidents and been successful,” according to public news agency Télam.

The cities for the 12 venues that the organizing committee will propose have not been named but Tapia noted that the province of Santiago del Estero has already announced its interest in competing. As such, Marín noted that “what happens after the World Cup is fundamental, and to learn from other countries so that we don’t build infrastructure that is obsolete the day after the tournament ends.”

In that regard, options that will allow infrastructure to be transformed into schools and universities will be considered.