GENEVA: Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain are jointly bidding to host the Under-20 World Cup in 2021.
FIFA said Thursday the Gulf plan is among five to express interest in bidding, including Brazil. Indonesia, Peru and a Myanmar-Thailand joint bid are the others.
The 2021 U20 contenders must submit a formal bid by Aug. 30. FIFA's ruling Council will pick the winner, likely in October.
The 2019 edition kicks off Thursday in Poland.