2026 FIFA WC: FIFA to invite fresh bids if Morocco and joint US, Canada, Mexico bids fail

Moscow, Russia (PANA) - As the 68th Congress of FIFA, the world's football governing body, prepares to award the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup on 13 June, the FIFA Council has said in case neither of the two bids wins, it will launch a new procedure to invite fresh bids.

Following the publication of the FIFA Bid Evaluation Task Force's report, the FIFA Council has designated two bids – the one jointly submitted by the Canadian Soccer Association, the Mexican Football Association and the United States Soccer Federation, as well as the one submitted by the Moroccan Football Association – to be voted on by the 68th FIFA Congress.

A statement on FIFA's website said on Sunday, 10 June, FIFA’s strategic body decided that "in the event that the 68th FIFA Congress decides not to choose either of the candidates, FIFA will then launch a new procedure by inviting all member associations – except the four that are taking part in the current process – to submit a bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup."

This is Morocco's fifth attempt to host the tournament.

The statement said FIFA Council also took some other significant decisions, including a new formula for the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

It said following over two years of reviews and studies of different alternatives and a comprehensive consultation process with all confederations, the FIFA administration put forward to the FIFA Council an overhauled formula to calculate the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking – a system that was on Sunday approved and will thus be inaugurated with the first official ranking following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

It said the new formula, based on the Elo method of calculation, works not by averaging points for each individual match, but by adding them to or subtracting them from a team’s existing points total – a calculation in which weights are determined by the relative strength of the two opponents and the importance of each match.

This means that the annual average point calculation, which is currently used in the World Ranking formula, will no longer be factored, it said.

"Furthermore, the approved formula allows for a smooth transition from the current ranking, without displacement of teams in the existing ranking table."

The statement said the FIFA Council also formally called for the FIFA presidential election, which is scheduled to take place during the 69th FIFA Congress in Paris on 5 June 2019.

The FIFA Council further approved the proposed dates for the two FIFA youth tournaments scheduled for next year as follows: FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019: 23 May-15 June; FIFA U-17 World Cup Peru 2019: 5-27 October

The next FIFA Council meeting is set to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 25 to 26 October 2018.
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11 june 2018 05:27:17




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