2026 FIFA WC: Morocco's bid passes crucial test

Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Morocco's bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup has passed a crucial test after the world football governing body's Bid Evaluation Task Force said it had "achieved the required score" and will be submitted to the FIFA Council for determination of who hosts the tournament.

The Moroccan bid will be submitted alongside the joint bid submitted by the Canadian Soccer Association, the Mexican Football Association and the United States Soccer Federation.

"After a thorough assessment of the respective bid books and visits to the relevant member associations, the 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force has today (Friday) confirmed that, in line with the Bidding Regulations, the following bids have achieved the required score and will be submitted to the FIFA Council: Bid jointly submitted by the Canadian Soccer Association, the Mexican Football Association and the United States Soccer Federation; Bid submitted by the Moroccan Football Association," FIFA said on its website.

It said following the assessment by the 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force – and provided the FIFA Council submits a designation – the decision on whether to select one of the above bidders to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be taken by the 68th FIFA Congress, which will convene in Moscow on 13 June.

Under the Bidding Regulations, FIFA established a bid evaluation model comprising three components: Bid compliance assessment; Overall risk assessment; and Technical evaluation.

However, the FIFA Task Force said the Moroccan bid is said to be "high risk" in three areas - nine out of 14 stadiums are yet to be built while the five need significant renovation or upgrading; accommodation and transport and only two stadiums have sufficient levels of accommodation.

Morocco gave the assurance that 12 host cities will have enough hotel rooms by the time of the World Cup.

This is Morocco's fifth attempt to host the tournament.
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02 june 2018 08:41:47




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