This FIFA study is authored by Rishidar E, member of Yubi’s Platform Engagement team.

The FIFA World Cup is touted as a significant economic boon for the host country.

However, “depending on the event and the host city or country, the actual economic outcome can range from significantly negative, to neutral, to modestly positive,” wrote economist Andrew Zimbalist in a 2016 paper in the journal Intereconomics. 

The host country incurs enormous expenditures in bidding, building and renovating stadiums, and developing transportation, hospitality, telecommunications, and security infrastructure.

As we know, Qatar is hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022, and since winning the bid for hosting rights in 2010, the country, on average, has spent over 10% of its GDP a year. 

In this report, we have captured the economics of hosting a FIFA World Cup, covering: 

  1. Bidding for hosting rights
  2. The rationale behind bidding 
  3. Ancillary benefits
  4. Revenue structure
  5. Revenue structure
  6. Cost structure
  7. Economic viability 
  8. The way ahead for upcoming world cup cycles

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