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Tomorrow Fifa will choose between North America and Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

On the eve of the World Cup in Russia, 207 Fifa member nations will cast their vote in a congress of world football’s governing body.

The Fifa World Cup trophy.
The Fifa World Cup trophy.
Image: Sergei Bobylev/TASS

FIFA MEMBERS WILL decide on Wednesday whether the 2026 World Cup should be played in North America or return to Africa for just the second time, in Morocco.

On the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 207 Fifa member nations will cast their vote in a congress of world football’s governing body.

Morocco’s bid for 2026 was only cleared to advance to the run-off vote earlier this month, despite a Fifa evaluation report which classified the north African nation’s stadia, accommodation and transport as “high risk.”

The report left the US-Canada-Mexico bid as the clear front-runner after giving it a rating of four out of a possible five.

Morocco received only 2.7 out of five, but advanced despite red flags being raised over several critical components of the bid.

A Fifa summary of the bid task force’s findings warned that “the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality cannot be overstated.”

FBL-WC-2026-USA-MEX-CAN-BID President of the Mexican Football Federation Decio de Maria announces North America's bid back in April. Source: AFP/Getty Images

But the North American bid has been dogged by concerns that the vote could become a referendum on the popularity of US President Donald Trump.

On Monday, bid leader Carlos Cordeiro repeated a message he has hammered out again and again in recent months — vote on us, not Trump.

“We believe strongly that this decision will be made on its merits,” Cordeiro said.

“This is not geopolitics, we’re talking about football and what is fundamentally, at the end of the day, the best interest of football and our footballing community… We’ve had no backlash.”

The US lost out to Qatar in 2022 in a vote now tarnished by corruption allegations which spelled the beginning of the end of the once all-powerful Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Critics of the Morocco bid also point to the fact that the 2026 World Cup will be the first to be expanded to 48 teams, posing a severe test for the hosts.

But the north Africans are still considered to be in with a genuine chance.

It has tried, and failed, four times before, in votes for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 tournaments — it lost out in the latter to South Africa, the only African nation ever to have hosted football’s global showpiece.

© – AFP 2018

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