Bahrain/FIFA: CAF members, others to bid for 2026 World Cup

Manama, Bahrain (PANA) - African nations and countries from other FIFA confederations have been given the go ahead to bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

According to the FIFA media channel, the decision was taken at the 67th FIFA Congress which brought together all the 211 member associations to Manama, Bahrain, on Thursday.

Other confederations that can bid are CONCACAF(Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football), CONMEBOL (Confederation of South American Football) and the OFC (Oceania Football Confederation)

Noting that the decisions reached included the ratification of the next stages of the bidding process to select the host(s) of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, FIFA said "Following the approval of the bidding requirements by the FIFA Council on 9 May, the FIFA Congress agreed, with 93% of valid votes, on a three-month period – until 11 August, 2017 – for member associations from CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, and the OFC to express their interest in hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup."

FIFA said the decision on whether to select any of the bidders as the host(s) of the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be taken by the 68th FIFA Congress, which will convene in Moscow, Russia, on 13 June next year, on the eve of the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

It said should the 68th FIFA Congress not select any candidate host associations, the FIFA general secretariat will invite further member associations – including the member associations of AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and UEFA (Europe) and excluding those member associations that submitted a bid initially – to submit a bid to host the tournament.

FIFA also approved a detailed budget for 2018, with a total investment of US$2.899 billion – 91% of which is allocated to football activities, chief among which is the organisation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
-0- PANA VAO/MA 12May2017

12 may 2017 07:43:30

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