Moroccan Federation Says Will Bid to Host 2026 FIFA World Cup
12 August, 2017, 02:06
The bid is supported by the Confederation of African Football and was submitted by the August 11 deadline imposed by the FIFA Executive Council in May.
Morocco is set to bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup if the World Governing body, FIFA opens nominations, the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has announced.
"Next week we will provide an update on the number of cities that are interested in being part of the World Cup in 2026 across all three countries, and we'll continue to put together a bid that will meet and exceed the final regulations and specifications required by Federation Internationale de Football Association".
This would be the North African country's fifth attempt to hold the tournament.
But FIFA chose to keep the contest open, and Morocco said it had made the deadline - just.
Morocco and the Canada, Mexico and USA bidders must now officially register their bids and agree to a new bidding process that will conclude at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup next June.
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.
Reinforcing the challenge of becoming only the second African nation to host a World Cup, and the first from North Africa, Morocco would also have to handle the largest World Cup ever in terms of teams. The host of the 2026 World Cup will be decided during the 68th FIFA Congress, set to take place in Russian Federation in 2018. CAF confirmed Morocco's bid on its website later Friday and should Africa unite behind Morocco, it would give the country a significant amount of support. It had failed in all previous bids in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.
The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russian Federation.
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