The joint 2030 World Cup bid between the British and Irish Football Associations would feature 12 stadia, two of which being on the island of Ireland; Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Belfast’s Windsor Park.
Last September, reports emerged that Ireland could form part of a joint bid along with the United Kingdom for the World Cup.
The FAI then announced they would join the other associations in conducting “a feasibility review” of the plan.
The potential bid came a step closer to fruition when British Prime Minister Theresa May declared joint support for the idea during a visit to Belfast last month.
A meeting last month between governing bodies is the latest in a long-running feasibility study by the four home nations and the Republic of Ireland after failed bids by England for 2006 and 2018.
It has already been agreed that any joint World Cup bid would not be too London-centric – with a maximum of three stadiums in the English capital under consideration.
The talks in Rome take place after England’s standing with the FIFA received a timely boost. Greg Clarke, the FA chairman, was elected vice-president of the world governing body on Thursday, replacing David Gill in the £190,000-per-year role. “It allows English football to be represented on the highest stage,” he said. “I get to go to the Fifa Council and begin the debate on how we grow global football, where tournaments are awarded.”
The stadia under consideration for the 2030 World Cup bid, according to The Telegraph are:
Wembley Stadium, London: CAPACITY: 90,000
Old Trafford, Manchester: 75,731
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff: 74,500
London Stadium: 57,000
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London: 62,000
Celtic Park, Glasgow: 60,411
Emirates Stadium, London: 60,260
Etihad Stadium, Manchester: 55,097
Anfield, Liverpool: 54,074
St James’ Park, Newcastle: 52,404
Hampden Park, Glasgow: 51,866
The Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland: 51,700
Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow: 50,817
Stadium of Light, Sunderland: 49,000
Villa Park, Birmingham: 42,573
Windsor Park, Belfast: 18,000