Morocco hopes good security record will help it win 2026 World Cup bid

King of Morocco Mohammed VI

Morocco is hoping its “exceptionally low murder rates” and “very low gun circulation” could help ii secure the rights to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The North African country’s football federation said in its bid book that the country is one of the safest in the world and will offer “an ideal security environment” for the tournament.

Morocco is up against a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

FIFA is expected to announce its decision in June, prior to the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The African country is making its fifth attempt to stage the competition, and has submitted a 193-page document to FIFA highlighting why it is “a showcase for the best of football”.

The joint Canadian, Mexican and American bid, submitted in a 530-page document, says each nation’s federal government will “dedicate all necessary resources” to ensuring a safe and secure World Cup if it is selected as the 2026 host.

FIFA is however not compelled to make a decision in June. If not satisfied with the two bids, the world football’s governing body could choose to reopen the bidding process and extend it until 2020.

Should Morocco win the bid, it will become just the second African country to host the World Cup after South Africa in 2010

The 2026 tournament will the first in which 48 teams will feature, an expansion from the current 32 teams.