USA Might Lose To Morocco In Bid To Host 2026 Tournament

USA Might Lose To Morocco In Bid To Host 2026 Tournament

But losing the 2026 World Cup bid to Morocco would be a devastating blow to North America, which last hosted soccer's pinnacle event in 1994 when it was in the U.S.

The 2026 host will be announced on June 13.

You need 104 votes out of the 207 member nations other than the four nations up for consideration to cast a vote in your favor in order to win.

The North American plan would see 60 games played in the United States, 10 in Canada and 10 in Mexico.

Morocco would likely have support from its fellow African nations.

Former U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, who is still spearheading the bid as the chairman of the bid committee after stepping down as president, acknowledged Morocco's contention. There is a technical component - the 2026 event will be the first with an expanded 48-team field, putting an even greater importance on a country's stadiums and venue-city setup - but the United States' superiority in that area is unquestioned.

ESPN reported that several of Trump's actions, including his travel ban on Muslim-majority countries and recent comments regarding foreign nations, have contributed to the loss of support.


But as the vote nears, ESPN reports that there's one big thing that could result in the 2026 World Cup landing in North Africa: President Trump.

Some South American associations, it is being suggested, might not be too inclined to vote for the US-led bid because of the ongoing anti-corruption investigation by the US Department of Justice that has snared a raft of high-profile figures.

The quarterfinals, semifinals and final all would be held in the United States.

It comes as no surprise that those countries could be the ones to sink the North American bid.

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 Federation Internationale de Football Association interested.

"The partnership between the three countries is an extremely important part of our story", he added, "especially given what is going on in many parts of the world". Iran, for example, qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, is a perennial power in Middle Eastern soccer, and is one of the countries targeted by Trump's ban.

The two bodies explored in details the aspects related to government guarantees and other legal procedures linked to the Moroccan bid.

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