Fifa inspectors have labelled Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid as ‘high risk’ to the tournament due to a lack of infrastructure, while awarding North America’s United bid a significantly higher score in an evaluation report.
Despite the low score, the Moroccan bid will now move on to the Fifa Council for final ballot approval for both candidates on 10th June in Moscow. The final vote at the Fifa Congress is three days later and will be decided by up to 207 soccer nations in a public vote where the inspection scores can be ignored in regard to deciding the destination of the sport’s international showpiece.
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Morocco could have been disqualified if it had scored less than two out of five in the overall average scoring, and less than two on key measures including stadiums.
Inspectors, who marked the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico at 402 out of 500 and flagged Morocco’s proposals on stadiums, accommodation and transport as high risks in a score of 275 out of 500.
The 2026 World Cup is the first tournament Fifa has confirmed will expand from 32 to 48 teams – putting increased infrastructure demands on the hosts to stage 80 games.
Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Morocco 2026 bid president, said: “We will now continue to present to voters our vision for Morocco 2026, and will aim to convince the majority of member asssociations to vote for our nation at Fifa Congress on 13th June.
“In the coming days, we will continue our mission to demonstrate to Fifa and the entire football family, our ability to deliver a highly profitable and truly authentic Fifa World Cup – one that will leave a lasting legacy for the world of football.”
No part of North America’s proposals was called high risk and Fifa said it “has a clear lead” to advance the governing body’s mission to “push new boundaries in terms of sports-related technology and engagement” since stadiums and hotels already exist…