Morocco Confirms its Bid to Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Morocco has launched a bid for the 2026 World Cup

Morocco has launched a bid for the 2026 World Cup

The FRMF said that it had told the sport's world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association of the country's desire to stage the global showpiece, which in 2026 will feature 48 teams instead of the standard 32.

Morocco will also bid for the tournament, with its announcement coming on FIFA's deadline day on Friday.

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.

The United States, Canada, and Mexico launched their joint bid in April and hoped to be awarded the World Cup unchallenged, with no other bids seemingly on the horizon.

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. In 1994, Morocco was the first African and Arab country to submit its bid to host the World Cup.

A bid from the African nation had been widely expected and gained further traction when Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee member Amaju Pinnick claimed last month that they would enter the race.

"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.

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

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.

Morocco has failed in four previous World Cup bids; in 1994 - when it lost to the USA - 1998, 2006, and 2010 - when it lost to South Africa.

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