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Morocco has emerged as the one nation prepared to compete with a joint North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

The African nation launched a bid to host the competitors Friday shortly earlier than FIFA’s self-imposed deadline for nations, the world soccer governing physique confirmed.

A on assertion on Morocco’s web site, as translated by Reuters, learn: “The Royal Moroccan Soccer Federation has formally submitted its candidacy on Friday, August eleven, 2017 to organise the World Cup in 2026.

“The Federation submitted its software to the related committees of the Federation Internationale de Soccer Affiliation – FIFA – to host this international occasion.”

A joint bid by the United States, Canada, and Mexico, which was introduced in April, is taken into account the favorite to win the rights to host the primary ever World Cup that includes forty eight groups.

Morocco and america-led campaigns at the moment are chargeable for finishing registration paperwork earlier than submitting their respective bid books to FIFA by March 2018.

The FIFA Council will then consider every bid earlier than the FIFA Congress makes a ultimate determination on the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia on June thirteen in Moscow.