Friday 18 August 2017

Morocco officially bids for 2026 World Cup

Morocco officially bids for 2026 World Cup
(APA 08/11/17)

Morocco has formally submitted its application to organize the 2026 World Cup, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) announced on Friday.

“The FRMF has officially filed its application to the specialized commissions of the International Football Federation (FIFA) to host the World Cup 2026,” the body said in a statement.

After four attempts to host the major global football event (1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010), Morocco aspires to be able to clinch the World Cup 2026, the first that will pit 48 teams.

Until now, only Morocco and the trio USA-Canada-Mexico (a joint bid) have expressed their wish to host the 2026 edition.

Last March, the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, said he was convinced that Morocco “will be able to organize the global competition, as was done by South Africa in 2010.”

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Morocco is “in a position to host the FIFA World Cup with regards to its infrastructure and organizational capacity.”

FIFA will decide on the host country of the 2026 World Cup at its 68th congress to be held on 13 June 2018 in Moscow, on the eve of the opening match of the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

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