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2026 FIFA World Cup™ bid books go ‘live’ on FIFA.com

In line with the approved timeline for the bidding process of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, FIFA has received the Bid Books from the Moroccan Football Association and the joint submission from the Canadian Soccer Association, Mexican Football Association and United States Soccer Federation.

 

FIFA have confirmed that the following bid books are now available on FIFA.com along with their respective executive summaries:

  • The joint submission by the Canadian Soccer Association, Mexican Football Association and United States Soccer Federation (USOC)

  • The submission by the Moroccan Football Association

 

 

The 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force will now carry out an assessment process, including visits to the respective member associations. The dates of these visits will be communicated in due course, and the resulting bid evaluation reports, like each step of the bidding process, will be made public.

 

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, said:

I have been dealing with the evaluation of bids for over 20 years, in several different capacities, and I challenge anyone to point out an organisation that conducts a bidding process as fair, objective and transparent as the one that FIFA is carrying out for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

 

FIFA has been heavily criticised for how it conducted the selection of hosts in the past; it was our obligation to learn from this and leave no room for any doubt or subjectivity. This is why the rules of this process have been clear and objective from the beginning, and they include the highest standards in terms of ethical conduct, participation and commitment to sustainability and human rights. In this context, the role of the 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force and the principle of ensuring that the bidder(s) retained meet the eligibility criteria to host the biggest single-sport event in the world is a natural consequence of the enhanced process. These are necessary steps to ensure that we never go back to the ‘old ways’.

 

A thorough overview of the bidding process and its key principles is available in the Guide to the Bidding Process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

 

Evaluation of the bids

Under the bidding regulations that were approved by the FIFA Councilin October 2017, FIFA established a bid evaluation model comprising three components:

  • Bid compliance assessment
  • Overall risk assessment
  • Technical evaluation

 

The “technical evaluation” aspect of this bid evaluation model adopts an objective scoring system to rate and attribute a weight to each of the nine infrastructural and revenue-related criteria set out in clause 3.5 of the Bidding Registration, which is appended to the bidding regulations.

 

The methodology and application of this scoring system are specified in the document below:

 

Following the assessment by the 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force ­– and provided the FIFA Council submits a designation – the decision on whether to select one of the above bidders to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™will be taken by the 68thFIFA Congress, which will convene in Moscow on 13 June.

 

The following document, approved by the FIFA Council on 16 March 2018, provides the details of how the 68th FIFA Congress will vote on the matter:

 

FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, said:

We are now entering a key stage of this bidding procedure and, as we have always made clear, transparency is of paramount importance. This is why every single step is documented and open to the public: from the submission of the bid books through each round of assessment to the decision-making process.

 

 

The joint submission by the Canadian Soccer Association, Mexican Football Association and United States Soccer Federation proposes to host a 2026 FIFA World Cup staged across sixteen existing world-class stadiums throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States.

 

The trio have agreed to share the responsibility of hosting by staging 10 matches in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the United States.

 

Here is the official list of stadiums Morocco has proposed for its 2026 World Cup bid (there are three types of stadiums: renovations, budgeted under construction and modular projects).From left to right:Modular Stadium: 46,000 seats (Modular)Grand Stadium: 45,000 seats (in the near future); Great Stadium of Tetouan: 45,600 places (on site)Stadium of Agadir: 46,048 places (soon to be renovated, fully covered)Stade Ibn Battuta De Tangiers: 65,000 places (near renovation, extension + cover)Modular Stage Stadium: 46,000 seats (Modular);Modular Stadium of El Jadida: 46,000 seats (Modular)Fez Stadium: 46,000 places (near renovation, extension + cover);Great Stadium in Marrakech: 69,000 places (Extension); Stade Prince Moulay Abdellah De Rabat: 46,000 seats (fully covered); Grand Stadium in Casablanca: 93,000 seats (in the near future);Modular stage of Zenata (Casa): 46,000 seats (Modular)Modular Stage Stadium: 46,000 seats (Modular); Modular Stadium in Marrakech: 46,000 seats (Modular)

 

Source: FIFA.com

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