Morocco was the only country from Africa that expressed some interest. Its interest had stalled when FIFA refused to allow a joint bid with Spain and/or Portugal. No countries from South America or Oceania have expressed interest in bidding in 2026.
United Bid Committee chairman Sunil Gulati: “We’ve always been
prepared for the fact that other countries could also decide to bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, Competition is good.”
Aug. 11, 2017. Deadline for bidding nations to express their interest about individual or joint bids.
March 16, 2018. Bids must be submitted to meet FIFA's technical specifications. If no bid meets FIFA's terms, the 2026 hosting race will be opened up to all members (including Europe and Asia).
June 13, 2018. If the North America bid passes FIFA's technical requirements, it will be presented to the FIFA Congress in Moscow. Unlike other World Cup bid campaigns that went to the FIFA executive committee (since replaced by the FIFA council), the 2026 World Cup hosting rights will be voted upon by full membership of 211 federations.
-- Bidding registration documents issued for bidders to fill in;
-- Bidding documents issued so bidder can begin their preparations;
-- Bidder submit their bid book to FIFA by March 2018;
-- Evaluation process carried out by FIFA and report made;
-- Based on the reports, the FIFA Council will designate the bids to be submitted to the FIFA Congress for a final decision.