Morocco submits bid for hosting 2026 FIFA World Cup

Morocco submits bid for hosting 2026 FIFA World Cup

Up until now, the only ones to have placed a bid were the football federations of the United States, Mexico and Canada, which placed a joint bid.

The Moroccan football federation launched its bid to Fifa this morning (Friday August 11).

The new format of participation comes into force staring with the 2026 world football championship and stipulates a total of 16 groups with three national teams in each competing for the World Cup trophy.

The North African nation has received backing from African Football Federation (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad, who said he was "convinced" the country is ready to host a World Cup.

This the fourth time Morocco submit its application to host the World Cup after 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

Friday is the deadline for submitting the bids for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

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Morocco will bid to host the 2026 World Cup, emerging as a last-minute challenger - and a potential complication - to a United States-led campaign that appeared to be coasting to victory unopposed.

The expansion of the event from 32 to 48 teams is thought to have put Morocco at a disadvantage compared with the North American bid.

Countries from the member associations of the CAF, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, the South American Football Confederation and the Oceania Football Confederation were invited to bid.

Morocco has hosted two Club World Cup tournaments, in 2013 and 2014, although that is a vastly smaller and shorter tournament.

The World Cup has only previously been staged in one African country - South Africa, which hosted the event in 2010.

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