Morocco Seeks to Spoil North American World Cup Bid

  • Morocco Seeks to Spoil North American World Cup Bid

Morocco Seeks to Spoil North American World Cup Bid

Under the controversial leadership of Sepp Blatter, Fifa strove to rotate the tournament between continents, but Blatter's regime unravelled in disgrace following the hugely controversial award of the 2018 World Cup to Qatar, and the rotation process has been scrapped under pressure from Europe and North America.

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.

In April, the United States, Canada and Mexico had already announced a joint North American bid to host the tournament.

If successful, Morocco would become only the second African country to host football's flagship event following South Africa in 2010. Federation Internationale de Football Association could reopen the bidding process if it is unsatisfied with the bids presented.

The 211 Member Associations will then vote on the host city of the 2026 World Cup at the June 13 Congress, well before the date in 2020 once planned for that decision.

The north Africans have received backing from African confederation (Caf) president Ahmad Ahmad.

Soccer's showpiece is set to be increased from 32 to 48 teams from 2026, putting added strain on infrastructure with more hotels and more training grounds needed, and more players and fans expected.

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.

If they offer a bid, it will be the fifth time the African country has done so having bid in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

The race for 2026 will be FIFA's first World Cup hosting contest since the world body's corruption scandal of 2015, and also the first since the bribery-tainted 2010 votes to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russian Federation and Qatar respectively.