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Morocco challenges North America with 2026 World Cup bid

11 August 2017, 07:46 | Dale Webster

Morocco submits bid for hosting 2026 FIFA World Cup

Russia, Qatar... Morocco? African country submits 2026 World Cup hosting bid

Morocco are the only challenger to the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico, which is the overwhelming favourite to be named as the hosts of the 2026 tournament.

As part of current World Cup rotation rules, UEFA and the Asian Football Confederation are not eligible as Russian Federation and Qatar are hosting the 2018 and 2022 editions respectively.

Morocco's candidacy to host the 2026 World Cup has officially been submitted, according to a report released by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has already given its backing to any Moroccan bid in July.

In 2010, the hosting right was awarded to South Africa who remains the only African country to have hosted the World Cup.




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 expansion of the event from 32 to 48 teams is thought to have put Morocco at a disadvantage compared with the North American bid.

If neither bid meets FIFA's requirements, the process could still be re-opened to other bidders ahead of a final decision in 2020, but that's unlikely to happen. Africa has the second highest number of voting Federation Internationale de Football Association member countries behind Europe.

The World Cup has only been hosted once in Africa - in South Africa in 2010 - and this will be Morocco's fifth bid.

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



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