Saudi football federation officially launches bid to host 2027 AFC Asian Cup

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) officially announced the launch of its campaign to host the 2027 AFC Asian Cup on Wednesday. (SAFF)
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Updated 09 September 2020

Saudi football federation officially launches bid to host 2027 AFC Asian Cup

  • Focused on the future, the Saudi Arabia team unveiled a new bid logo and slogan: “Forward for Asia”

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) officially announced the launch of its campaign to host the 2027 AFC Asian Cup on Wednesday.

Focused on the future, the Saudi Arabia team unveiled a new bid logo and slogan: “Forward for Asia.”

According to the bid team, bringing the AFC Asian Cup 2027 to Saudi Arabia for the first-time ever would be an opportunity to ensure that momentum being created by football in the Kingdom is not only carried forward, but that it is renewed and expanded to include each and every football association across Asia.

SAFF President Yasser Al-Mashal said: “As we in Saudi Arabia undertake our own transformation forward through our national Vision 2030, we want to use our long-standing passion for football as a catalyst for the continued growth of football across Asia.

“Our vision for the 2027 AFC Asian Cup is to build much more than a tournament. We want to create a massive move forward for all of Asia, one that is focused on creating a new experience, a new exchange and a new expansion. We look forward to sharing our ideas with the entire Asian football family in the coming months,” he added.

The Saudi national team has a long and successful history, having won the AFC Asian Cup three times and qualified for the FIFA World Cup five times but has never hosted one of the major international football tournaments.

SAFF General Secretary, Ibrahim Alkassim followed by saying: “The Saudi Arabian Football Association is not only committed to hosting an exceptional AFC Asian Cup in 2027, but we are also committed to creating a strong impact across Asian football as part of organizing the tournament here in Saudi Arabia.

“We are committed to making a 2027 Asian Cup in Saudi Arabia a huge step forward for all AFC Member Associations,” he added.

The Saudi 2027 bid logo represents the powerful combination of three elements, the golden falcon, football and wings.

The golden falcon Saudi Arabia’s national bird which highlights the ongoing passion of the nation is combined with football which portrays the nation’s commitment to hosting the 2027 AFC Asian Cup and ensuring renewal, expansion and positive momentum; the logo then lastly integrates with the wings which resemble partnership and moving forward.

According to a SAFF statement, the combination symbolizes the boldness, strength and commitment of the Kingdom to Asian football.


Racing in the streets: Jeddah to host first Saudi F1 Grand Prix

Updated 29 October 2020

Racing in the streets: Jeddah to host first Saudi F1 Grand Prix

  • Kingdom’s inaugural race to take place in city while purpose-built track at Qiddiyah is being completed

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix next year will take place on the city streets of Jeddah.
The Saudi Grand Prix appears on the provisional F1 calendar for 2021 that has been distributed to race teams. It is expected to be the penultimate race of the 2021 season, which will conclude
with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit.
Jeddah will host the Saudi race while a new purpose-built track at Qiddiyah is completed, which is expected to be in 2023.
It is one of 22 races on a provisional 2021 schedule as F1 plans to return to a calendar as close to normal as possible after this year’s disruption. The first 10 races of the 2020 season were either postponed or cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Saudi Grand Prix is one of 22 races on a provisional 2021 schedule as F1 plans to return to a calendar as close to normal as possible after this year’s

The 2021 season will begin in Melbourne, Australia in mid-March and then goes on to Bahrain. It includes nearly all the races that had been due to be held this year.
That means a return for grands prix in China, Japan and Canada, which had to be cancelled because of the disruptions to international travel caused by COVID-19, as well as the debut of the Vietnamese Grand Prix.
F1 has been in conversations with the relevant national governments and all are said to be in agreement the races can take place, unless the pandemic worsens.
In 2018, Riyadh hosted the first Formula E championship in the Middle East in Diriyah with 23,000 in attendance. The second Formula E championship was held in late 2019.
This year, Saudi Arabia held its first Dakar Rally, a 7,800km race that began in Jeddah and finished in Qiddiyah.