6/11/2018 11:55:27 PM (GMT+3)

2026 World Cup: FIFA to vote for North America or Morocco on Wednesday

2026 World Cup: FIFA to vote for North America or Morocco on Wednesday

NEW DELHI: Following the publication of the Bid Evaluation Report by the 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force, the FIFA Council designated the two bids – the one jointly submitted by the Canadian Soccer Association, the Mexican Football Association and the United States Soccer Federation, as well as the one submitted by the Moroccan Football Association – to be voted on by the 68th FIFA Congress on Wednesday.

The 207 FIFA member nations will cast their vote to determine on awarding the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup to one of the two candidates.

Morocco's bid for 2026 was only cleared to advance to the runoff vote earlier this month, despite a FIFA evaluation report which classified the north African nation's stadia, accommodation and transport as "high risk."

In the event that the 68th FIFA Congress decides not to choose either of the candidates, FIFA will then launch a new procedure by inviting all member associations – except the four that are taking part in the current process – to submit a bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

If the Congress decides not to select the host association(s) for the final competition, the second phase of the Bidding Procedure shall be conducted.

Morocco has the support of many European countries, attracted by its geographical proximity, and most of Africa, in line with a call from the head of the Confederation of African Football, Ahmad Ahmad.

But two English-speaking African countries, Liberia and South Africa, have defected to the North America bid.