By Samuel Opio
Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup has been passed by FIFA and will be allowed to proceed to a vote runoff against the North American bid on June 13th.
It is believed that the ‘Task Force’ has confirmed Morocco’s technical ability to organise the 2026 World Cup. The vote will be held on June 13th in Moscow.
Moroccan media had reported rumours that FIFA was set to disallow the North African nation’s bid for reasons including logistical ‘issues’ in the country’s five main cities.
Morocco needs to build or renovate 14 stadiums and more than 100 training fields, while the North American bid has already selected 16 tournament-ready venues and has a surplus of team bases.
Still, Morocco has support beyond Africa, despite predicting ticket sales to fans totaling $1.3 billion less than the North American bid projects. More than 200 member nations will be taking part in the open vote, with each federation’s choice made public that same day.