FIFA president says it can afford to have Morocco host World Cup

World Cup 2026 Morocco Bid Passed By Fifa

World Cup 2026 Morocco Bid Passed By Fifa

Qatar officials congratulated the guest delegation as the Morocco World Cup bid was approved to enter the final vote, which will be taking place on June 13 at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow.

Grindel conceded, however, that the reports from the FIFA Evaluation Task Force - which cleared both bids to proceed to the FIFA Council for approval - "hands the momentum" to the United 2026 bid because the panel "sees advantages in the areas of stadium, transport as well as ticketing and hospitality". The United candidacy forecasts $14.3 billion in revenues, the North African bidders promised only $7.2 billion dollars.

"Of course more teams means more stadiums, more venues, more hotels, more transportation", Infantino said.

The former England captain, who played for the Galaxy for six seasons and was awarded an MLS franchise in Miami earlier this year, said he had experienced the passion for the game in all three countries.

The London-born midfielder goes on to discuss America's growing passion for the game and talks about his experiences of playing in Canada and the U.S. and against Mexico, where he says love for football is ingrained. The final vote at the Fifa Congress is three days later and will be decided by up to 207 soccer nations in a public vote where the inspection scores can be ignored in regard to deciding the destination of the sport's global showpiece.

"I think this United Bid is a very important message to the world because football is powerful; it can put together countries and the message of bringing all the three countries together is the future of football".

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But he said that imposing a 48-team competition on Qatar - which is in the thick of preparations for a 32-nation tournament - would be "absolutely" unfair.

The World Cup will be increased from 32 to 48 teams from 2026 but the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) proposed in April that the change be introduced in 2022. "Whether this is possible only in Qatar is a question mark and this should be looked into".

All 207 eligible Member Associations will have a vote at the Congress in the Russian capital, held before the opening game of the 2018 World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The one-year deadline would begin during a blockade of Qatar begun one year ago by regional rivals including Saudi Arabia, who in that time have seemed more influential in FIFA's business.

"Accordingly, I am happy to say the government is supporting the United Bid" he said.

However, Infantino insisted his Club World Cup proposal - part of a $25 billion offer by unidentified investors to back new Federation Internationale de Football Association competitions - was "nothing to do with Saudi Arabia". I've seen that passion.

In appeals for votes last month, President Donald Trump said he would be "watching very closely" and issued a veiled threat to withhold USA support from countries opposing the North American bid.

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