Morocco challenges North America with 2026 World Cup bid
North America has a late challenge from North Africa in the contest to host the 2026 World Cup. Morocco will also bid for the tournament, with its announcement coming on FIFA’s deadline day on Friday.
Morocco’s last-minute move takes on the joint bid between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Morocco formally launched its bid and sent relevant documents to FIFA, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation said in a brief two-sentence statement.
It’s the North African kingdom’s fifth attempt at hosting the World Cup.
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. But FIFA decided to keep the contest open, and Morocco made the deadline _ just.
“We’ve always been prepared for the fact that other countries could also decide to bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup,’’ said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, chairman of the joint North American bid. “Competition is good.’’