The 68th FIFA Congress will today in Russia determine whether to award the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup to one of the two candidates— Morocco and the joint North American (also known as the United) bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States of America.
A simple majority (more than 50 percent) will be enough to win.
In the event that the Congress decides not to choose either of the candidates, FIFA will 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.
FIFA’s technical evaluations recently confirmed the United bid front-runner status. It was rated higher than Morocco in every category but one in a report that noted, “The amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality cannot be overstated.” Still, the democratic nature of a FIFA election — the vote of each of FIFA’s 211 member associations — has led to a worldwide scramble to whip up votes.
At the moment, Morocco has 21 committed votes plus seven others (including Nigeria) learning towards the African state, while the United bid has 33 committed votes (including Liberia) and 24 learning towards it. There are 122 countries yet undecided.