Morocco loses to US-led bid for right to host 2026 World Cup

Morocco loses to US-led bid for right to host 2026 World Cup
President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation Fouzi Lekjaa (C) presents the Morocco 2026 bid during the 68th FIFA Congress at the Expocentre in Moscow on June 13, 2018. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
Updated 13 June 2018
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Morocco loses to US-led bid for right to host 2026 World Cup

Morocco loses to US-led bid for right to host 2026 World Cup
  • There was hope that North Africans would shock the favorites and earn right to host 2026 tournament.
  • In the end US-led bid easily won the transparent vote.

North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a US-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.
The soccer showpiece will return to the US for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.
The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA’s elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010.
The US proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each.

More to follow.