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Morocco competes with US-Canada-Mexico over World Cup 2026 bid

World Cup 2026 bid

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The Football Federation officially submitted their 5th bid for the World Cup as they aim to host the competition’s 23rd event in 2026 competing with a joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Morocco launched its campaign at the beginning of the year positioning its bid as an African one. The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa marked the only time when the global football tournament was held on African soil.

The North African country bid unsuccessfully to host the World Cup in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

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The bid’s 193-page document that was sent to FIFA illustrated the country’s safety and excellent security environment citing low gun circulation.

“Exceptionally low murder rates (three per 100,000 people), benefitting from very low gun circulation, are reflected in a United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) study ranking Morocco among the best-performing nations in the world – at the same level as both Denmark and Japan,” says the Moroccan bid.

As the four involved countries are ineligible to cast ballots, Morocco will need to win the votes of 104 out of 207 FIFA-member nations during the FIFA Congress in Moscow on June 13 in order to host the tournament.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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