Morocco bids to host 2026 World Cup

Pablo Tucker
August 11, 2017

Morocco's FA, Morrocan Football Federation has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup. If successful, the North African state will follow Russian Federation and Qatar in hosting the blue-riband soccer event.

But FIFA president Gianni Infantino has echoed Ahmad's endorsement, saying that Morocco has the necessary "infrastructure and organisational capacity" to host the World Cup.

Morocco's chances of winning the 2026 hosting rights may be boosted by its huge tourism industry and its reputation as a relatively liberal Islamic country.

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The United States, Canada and Mexico announced in April that they intend to put forward a joint bid.

If successful, the U.S. -Canada-Mexico bid would return the World Cup to the United States for the first time since 1994, and would also make Mexico the first three-time host.

The Confederation of African Football has said it would support the bid. If all of the bidding programs from the candidate countries did not suit the Congress, the second round of the election would be scheduled and the decision would be made in 2020.

"We are convinced that Morocco could organise this competition just as was done by South Africa in 2010", said Malagasy Ahmad after he was elected to succeed Cameroon's Issa Hayatou as head of the African body.

A decision to increase the number of national teams participating in the World Cup from the current number of 32 up to a total of 48 was unanimously approved by the FIFA Council at its session in Zurich in January.

Morocco would be viewed as outsiders to be chosen to host the event.

Morocco has hosted two Club World Cup tournaments, in 2013 and 2014, although that is a vastly smaller and shorter tournament.

This will be Morocco's fifth bid to host the World Cups, after its unsuccessful bids for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions of the tournament. Morocco denied the allegations.

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