In 20 categories evaluated for risk, the North American bid had three medium-risk areas — government support, human rights and labor standards, and organizing costs — and 17 low risk.
Morocco had the three high-risk sections, 10 medium risk — also including human rights and labor standards — and seven low risk.
FIFA ordered more rigorous inspections after criticism of the 2018-2022 World Cup
votes in 2010 when Russia and Qatar won despite being judged the riskiest by a task force.
FIFA’s five-man panel could have disqualified Morocco had the North African country recorded less than two out of five in the overall average scoring, and less than two on key measures including stadiums.
The FIFA Council has to approve both candidates at a June 10 meeting in Moscow. The final vote of up to 207 member federations is three days later and the inspection task force scores can be ignored
when making their decision.
FIFA sent a second group of officials to Morocco after finding deficiencies in their bid offering, including the stadiums proposed.
While Morocco has said it needs to spend almost $16 billion on infrastructure for the 48-team World Cup, including building or renovating all 14 stadiums, North American does not require any tournamentspecific building work.
“Accommodation was assessed as being the largest challenge facing the Morocco 2026 bid,” the bid evaluation
report said. “Only two of the 14 proposed stadiums would have sufficient levels of general accommodation to meet the minimum requirements.”
The FIFA evaluation confirmed an Associated Press report in April that Morocco did not declare its anti-LGBT law to the governing body in the human rights risk assessment included in the bid book.
Morocco’s bid on Friday said FIFA’s task force “confirms the quality of the Moroccan bid book,” but offered no response to the shortcomings.