Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Morocco officially launch bid for 2026 World Cup

Morocco officially launch bid for 2026 World Cup

The federation declared on Friday that Morocco had submitted the request application to the World Cup's commission in charge of the organization in the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has submitted its bid with world's governing football body FIFA its bid for hosting the 2026 World Cup, the federation announced on its website on Friday.

It would be Morocco's fifth candidacy having come up short already in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

In April, the United States, Canada and Mexico had already announced a joint North American bid to host the tournament. Europe and Asia were ineligible because those continents will host the next two World Cups, in Russian Federation in 2018 and in Qatar in 2022.

If successful, the U.S. -Canada-Mexico bid would return the World Cup to the United States for the first time since 1994, and would also make Mexico the first three-time host.

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Morocco are bidding to become only the second African hosts of FIFA's flagship quadrennial event and main money-spinner after South Africa staged the 2010 competition.

A bid from the African nation had been widely expected and gained further traction when Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee member Amaju Pinnick claimed last month that they would enter the race.

The North African nation narrowly lost out to South Africa in its offer to stage the 2010 finals.

The 2026 tournament will be the first with an expanded 48-team tournament, up from the current 32 qualifiers. In 2013 and 2014, the kingdom hosted the FIFA Club World Cup.

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