The two remaining bids for the 2026 FIFA World Cup have met in Brussels ahead of the deciding vote on June 13th.
Morocco 2026 faced United 2026 (the joint bid between United States, Canada, and Mexico) at the AIPS Congress in Brussels on 8th May to lay out their competing visions for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
A key figure tabled by United 2026 was a projected record 11 billion-dollar profit for FIFA. It would make the 2026 World Cup the most successful and profitable one ever, potentially generating 50 million more per member association, as claimed by bid co-chair and U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro.
Morocco emphasised the benefits that football can bring to emerging countries while still maintaining that the World Cup should be profitable. Bid CEO, Hicham El Amrani, highlighted the developmental aspect of an African-hosted FIFA in 2026.
The voting procedure in June will be an open and transparent one and will be won by the one contender that will secure 104 votes out of the 207 total. Following reforms, it is the first time in the history of the competition that member associations will elect the host country in an open vote.