United States Reportedly in Danger of Losing 2026 World Cup Bid to Morocco

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2018

A picture taken on February 16, 2018 shows the official FIFA World Cup Trophy on display during an official ceremony at the old airport of the coastal Cypriot city of Larnaca, during the international FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour. / AFP PHOTO / Iakovos Hatzistavrou        (Photo credit should read IAKOVOS HATZISTAVROU/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States is making a bid for the 2026 World Cup as part of a North America contingent, but Morocco is reportedly winning the race to host the international event, according to Sam Borden of ESPN.

FIFA is expected to announce the host for the 2026 games on June 13.

The United States, Mexico and Canada announced a joint bid last April to host the World Cup, with 60 of the 80 games set to take place in the U.S., including the finals, semifinals and quarterfinals. The other two countries would feature 10 matches apiece.

According to ESPN, hosting this event could bring $5 billion in economic activity to the three countries.

"Our assessment found that if the United Bid Committee is successful in its bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, it could generate significant short-term economic activity and numerous other benefits across Canada, Mexico and the United States," Cliff Grevler of the Boston Consulting Group said.

However, the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea was the only time multiple countries co-hosted the event.

Former President Sepp Blatter described the situation, also throwing his support behind Morocco:

Joseph S Blatter @SeppBlatter

World Cup 2026: Co-Hosting rejected by FIFA after 2002 (also applied in 2010 and 2018). And now: Morocco would be the logical host! And it is time for Africa again! #Fifa #CAF #@FIFAWorldCup

Tariq Panja of the New York Times noted a lack of details from the African country's bid, but it's apparently done enough to get the members of FIFA interested.

The 211 member nations will vote on the new location at the FIFA Congress prior to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


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