Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has confirmed that Morocco submitted its expression of interest to bid 2026 World Cup, while Canada, Mexico and the U.S. launched a joint expression. The decision on host of the 2026 grand soccer event will be taken by the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow on 13 June, 2018, on the eve of the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Per the organisation’s official website, members of the CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and the OFC associations had until August 11 to express an interest in hosting the event. The next step in the process will be to make an official bid.
Per the report, the federations will have until March of next year to make an official bid. The final decision on a host will be made at the FIFA Congress on June 13.
U.S. Soccer announced their intention to make a joint bid with Canada and Mexico in April, emphasizing solidarity in the region. All three nations have experience organizing major international tournaments, with the USA and Mexico hosting World Cups before and Canada impressing as hosts of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
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A CONCACAF nation hasn’t hosted the World Cup since 1994, whereas Africa hosted a World Cup in 2010. The tournament will expand to 48 teams, putting even more pressure on the two bids.
Morocco has never hosted a World Cup before but has solid infrastructure in place, with six designated football stadiums of 45,000 seats or more.