Morocco Seeks to Spoil North American World Cup Bid

Morocco has launched a bid for the 2026 World Cup

The Moroccan Football Federation has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

In a statement, the FRMF has dispelled rumors spread by the media concerning a potential joint bid with another country.

Morocco on Friday launched its bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

South Africa staged the first African World Cup in 2010, with Morocco having bid for the event on four previous occasions without success.

2026 will be the largest FIFA World Cup in history, as the field is expanded from 32 teams to 48.

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Germany's players hold up the World Cup trophy as they celebrate after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The United Bid Committee has already started that work, and we will now go into full motion with our team in NY, in collaborations with our partners in Canada and Mexico. Mexico hosted the tournament in 1970 and 1986 (filling in when Colombia withdrew) and the 1994.

If neither bid meets FIFA's requirements, the process could still be re-opened to other bidders ahead of a final decision in 2020, but that's unlikely to happen. In some ways it already seems like a done deal: Countries in Europe and Asia can not host because they already have received the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and South America seems content to wait for the 2030 tournament, which would mark the 100th anniversary of the first World Cup in Uruguay.

Under the proposal, the USA will host 60 games - including every match from the quarter-finals onwards - with Mexico and Canada splitting the remaining 20 fixtures equally.

CAF official and Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick told the BBC Morocco has all it takes to stage a World Cup. Morocco was set to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations before fears of an Ebola outbreak led to the tournament moving to Equatorial Guinea.

North America has a late challenge from North Africa in the contest to host the 2026 World Cup. Canada and Mexico will each get 10.

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