Morocco loses World Cup 2026 bid

Morocco will not be hosting the 2026 edition of the World Cup, after being outvoted by a combined North American bid.

At the 68th FIFA Congress, 200 countries out of a possible 211 FIFA Members voted to award the World Cup to the “United” bid, which means a combined delegation of the USA, Canada and Mexico will host the first 48-team tournament in 2026.

In the spirit of fairness, all four countries directly involved in the bid, Morocco, Mexico, the US and Canada all abstained, whilst territories that are under US control – Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, all did not vote.

American Samoa did however vote in favour of the United bid.

Spain, a vocal supporter of the Moroccan bid, also did not vote, as their federation are dealing with the fallout after sacking their head coach.

Fellow African federation Ghana is currently dissolved and thus did not send a delegate, meaning they also couldn’t cast a vote.

Slovenia and Cuba also abstained.

A simple majority of 101 was required to win the vote, but the United bid received 134 votes. Morocco picked up 65 of the remaining votes, with one country voting against both bids – Iran.

The US has a history of beating Morocco to the punch when it comes to hosting World Cups – the US also beat the Atlas Lions to the right to host the 1994 edition.

However, Morocco will be in Russia for this year’s tournament, whilst the Americans will have to watch from home.

Below, you can see exactly who voted for Morocco and which way African federations voted as well.

African countries are in bold.

Countries that voted for Morocco:

Albania
Algeria
Angola
Belarus
Belgium
Brazil
Brunei
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
Comoros
(Republic of) Congo
DR Congo
Côte d’Ivoire 
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
France
Gabon
Gambia
Guinea-Bissau
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kenya
DPR Korea (North Korea)
Libya
Luxembourg
Macau
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Netherlands
Niger
Nigeria
Oman
Palestine
Qatar
Rwanda
São Tomé and Príncipe
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Slovakia
Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan
Swaziland
Syria
Tajikstan
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
Yemen
Zambia

Countries that voted for the United bid:

Afghanistan
American Samoa
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
British Virgin Islands
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Cape Verde Islands
Cayman Islands
Chile
Colombia
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Curacao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuaador
El Salvador
England
Faroe Islands
Fiji
Finland
FYR Macedonia (North Macedonia)
Georgia
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Israel
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Korea Republic (South Korea)
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lativa
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia

Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nepal
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Northern Ireland
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Ireland
Romania
Russia
Samoa
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Scotland
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Tahiti
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Trindad and Tobago
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Ukraine
UAE
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanautu
Venezeula
Vietnam
Wales
Zimbabwe

Abstentions and “None of the above”:

Canada
Cuba
Ghana*
Guam
Iran
Mexico
Morocco
Puerto Rico
Slovenia
Spain
USA
US Virgin Isles

African Votes:

Green denotes a vote for Morocco; Red a vote for the United bid. Black means abstention.

Algeria 
Angola 
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Congo DR
Côte d’Ivoire
Djibouti 
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana*
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
São Tomé and Príncipe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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2 comments

    • I do agree – and I fear that we’re going to become stuck in a cycle of “proven” countries hosting the tournament over and over, rarely seeing any new countries able to host.

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