Shared hosting for the 2026 edition may become a reality next week, with Fifa's congress set to choose between a Canada-US-Mexico bid and a rival proposal from Morocco.
In a Federation Internationale de Football Association panel's evaluation of the candidates, the North American bid got the only maximum mark for its tickets and corporate hospitality sales plan. The United candidacy forecasts $14.3 billion in revenues, the North African bidders promised only $7.2 billion dollars.
The delegation of Morocco's 2026 FIFA World Cup bid includes Secretary of State for Water, Charafate Afailal; Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Rkia Derham; Abderahim Souiri, a member of the Executive Board of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF); and chairwoman of the Royal Moroccan Federation of Sport for All, Nezha Bidouane.
The evaluation team also emphasized a significant overall risk posed by Morocco's plan to build or renovate all of its stadiums, nearly all team training sites, and many hotels. "What our task has been is to make sure the process is as objective, as clear as possible and to highlight the pros and the cons of everything". People are really getting behind the game now in the U.S. and it's great to see and great to have been a part of.
The cost of taking the tournament to North America was marked at $2.16 billion, compared to just $1.87 billion for Morocco 2026. The final vote at the Fifa Congress is three days later and will be decided by up to 207 soccer nations in a public vote where the inspection scores can be ignored in regard to deciding the destination of the sport's worldwide showpiece.
"I think a joint bid is important and it is three places where football runs deep".
But he said that imposing a 48-team competition on Qatar - which is in the thick of preparations for a 32-nation tournament - would be "absolutely" unfair.
Beckham represented England at three World Cups
But Infantino's support for a 48-team World Cup is not in doubt.
"They have been awarded a World Cup with 32 teams and that is how it is", he said. The one-year deadline would begin during a blockade of Qatar begun one year ago by regional rivals including Saudi Arabia, who in that time have seemed more influential in FIFA's business.
"CONMEBOL made an interesting request.so we will have to look into it".
"There is criticism of the existing proceedings from European associations, clubs and leagues", Grindel said.
The USD 25 billion offer is on hold until after a Russian World Cup that Infantino said has only "minor, minor things" left to organize.
"I've seen how much the game has grown in the last 10 years and it's incredible to have happened so fast and changed in so many different ways", said Beckham.