Federation Internationale de Football Association task force in Rabat to inspect 2026 candidate Morocco

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Federation Internationale de Football Association inspectors arrived in Morocco on Monday ahead of a three-day assessment of the north African country's ability to host the 2026 World Cup, the local bid committee said. The decision to select one of the bidders will be taken at 68th FIFA Congress, slated for June 13 in Moscow.

It said: 'FIFA in cooperation with local authorities, including consumer protection agencies in numerous countries, continues to make efforts to identify and curb unauthorised ticket sales.

The five-member FIFA Task Force, supported by an influential back-up team of officials, were beginning their inspection today with a visit to stadiums, training centres, proposed fan fest sites and other key venues having already visited the USA, Canada and Mexico who are jointly bidding against Morocco.

The task force will use a point-scoring system to evaluate the two candidates.

"Football fans need to be aware that if they buy a World Cup ticket from an unofficial source, they risk paying inflated prices and potentially not getting into the game at all", said Alex Neill from Which?.

"It is an old myth that Africa doesn't have the capacity and naysayers should stop using the political argument", he said.

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They have previously campaigned for the right to organise the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.

Some of FIFA's national associations have already publicly stated who they will vote for, and Morocco received South Africa's backing on Monday.

Former Cameroon goalkeeper, Joseph-Antoine Bell, is visiting South Africa as part of a delegation representing the Morocco bid.

"If you don't want to risk watching the World Cup from the sidelines, you should only buy from the official Federation Internationale de Football Association reselling website", he advised.

FIFA has 211 member associations who all hold one vote at Congress, although FAs can not vote on World Cup hosting if they are part of a bid or if they are suspended from FIFA at the time.

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