Morocco officially bids for 2026 World Cup

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The bid is supported by the Confederation of African Football and was submitted by the August 11 deadline imposed by the FIFA Executive Council in May.

Morocco is bidding to become the first North African country to host the World Cup after submitting its bid for the 2026 tournament.

North America has a late challenge from North Africa in the contest to host the 2026 World Cup.

This would be the North African country's fifth attempt to hold the tournament.

The United States, Mexico and Canada have hosted a combined 13 FIFA World Cups (men's, women and youth), more than any other trio of geographically-connected nations, and set attendance records for five of those events. We're excited to prepare a bid that will demonstrate to Federation Internationale de Football Association that the first World Cup to be held in the CONCACAF region since 1994 should be awarded to Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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If the bid is successful, it will be the second time Africa will be hosting the tourney after 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". Up until now, the only ones to have placed a bid were the football federations of the United States, Mexico and Canada, which placed a joint bid.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has already given its backing to any Moroccan bid in July. Morocco has failed in four previous World Cup bids; in 1994 - when it lost to the U.S. - 1998, 2006, and 2010 - when it lost to South Africa.

Morocco has also come under scrutiny and is accused of bribery in two of its previous World Cup bids, the ones for the '98 and 2010 tournaments.

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