So, the 2018 World Cup hasn’t even switched gear to serious mode, 2022 just recently concluded that Khatar will host it and Morocco wants to host the 2026 FIFA world cup already? Consider me officially stunned. And did i mention that they plan to spend approximately N5.7 trillion in Stadiums (which would be either built from ground up or renovated for this single purpose) and general preparations.
Morocco presented its bid book to FIFA on Friday and is the only rival in a joint bid from the United States, Canada, and Mexico who want to host the 2026 FIFA world cup. That could prove a tough nut to crack, 3 against 1.
And you know what’s worthy of note? The 2026 bid is Morocco’s fifth bid to host the FIFA World Cup after unsuccessful attempts in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010. Ring a bell of someone you probably know in Nigeria?
What does it take to Qualify to host the 2026 fifa world cup?
Before the vote in June, a five-member task force will assess each bidding country, and could potentially disqualify it.
- A five-member task force, dominated by European officials, will make inspection visits, then grade and score the bids.
- Score: The task force will assign a score from 0 to 5, where 0 is “no requirements met/very weak” and 5 is “requirements exceeded/excellent”.
- 70 percent of the panel’s score goes for infrastructure, while 30 percent is based on projected costs and revenues.
- Bids must score at least 2 for the individual aspects of stadiums, teams and referee facilities, plus accommodation and transport links.
- “The scores have a bearing on whether or not a bid qualifies for the next stage of the bidding process, with bids shortlisted by the FIFA Council,” according to FIFA.
- Mimimum: Failure to score 2 (“minimum requirements met/sufficient”) from the task force means a bid “has been evaluated as ‘high risk’ and represents a material failure”, a FIFA bid regulations document states, whereupon “FIFA shall terminate this Bidding Registration.”
As stiff as the qualification process and the competition may be, Morocco have previously successfully hosted a number of international football events which include:
- 1988 Africa Cup of Nations
- 1997 African Youth Championship
- 2011 CAF U-23 Championship
- 2013 African U-17 Championship
- 2013 FIFA Club World Cup
- 2014 FIFA Club World Cup
- 2018 African Nations Championship
They therefore shouldn’t be ruled out of the possibility of hosting the 2026 fifa world cup simply because the likes of USA are i contention. We’ll all be watching in the interim.