Morocco loses bid for 2026 football World Cup


The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico after their joint bid beat Morocco's proposal to host it. AFP PHOTO | KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

Morocco has lost to out to the "United" North American bid to host the football World Cup in 2026.

The result was announced live from Moscow, where Fifa members have been voting.

It is the fifth time the North African country has bid for the competition.

The 'United 2026' bid was selected by Fifa member nations, winning 134 votes compared to 65 for Morocco.

The 2026 tournament will be the biggest World Cup ever held - with 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days.

Both Mexico (1970 and 1986) and the United States (1994) have previously hosted World Cups.