That two small Caribbean nations, Dominica and St. Lucia, came out in support for Morocco -- government officials, not soccer federation
presidents, it should be noted -- raised lots of eyebrows, though there have been tensions between Caribbean (CFU) members and Concacaf and its richest members, the United 2026 trio of the USA, Canada
and Mexico, that have been exacerbated by the corruption scandals in the CFU and Concacaf.
It all dates back to the infamous 2011 CFU meeting at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port-of-Spain, where FIFA presidential candidate Mohammed Bin Hammam spoke and brown envelopes containing $40,000 were handed out. In all, FIFA investigated 31 CFU officials, and 28 either received some warning, fine or ban or resigned, including Concacaf president Jack Warner. The fallout between Chuck Blazer, the Concacaf general secretary, and Warner started the unraveling of Concacaf and led to the numerous federal indictments that followed four years later.
The small CFU federations have been beholden on Concacaf, itself on the brink of collapse following indictments against Warner and his successors, Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit. Still, 15 of 17 English-speaking CFU members voted for American Sunil Gulati when he beat Mexican Justino Compean, 18-17, for his FIFA executive committee post in 2013. Dominica voted for Gulati; St. Lucia (and Barbados) backed Compean.
While Morocco continues to publicize expressions of support, Morocco federation (FRMF) president Fouzi Lekjaa has complained to FIFA about the scoring system -- rubric, if you will -- it will use to evaluate the technical merits of the bids.
The evaluation process is complicated and involves two steps: a five-person FIFA technical task force will visit the bidders in April and grade the bids. The FIFA Council (the expanded executive committee) then will make its recommendation to the 211-member FIFA Congress for a vote.
Morocco's great fear is that its bid will fail to make the grade and be disqualified before it even gets to the FIFA Council for a recommendation. Lekjaa complained Maroc 2026 received details of the scoring system on March 14, two days before its bid had to be submitted.
FIFA's response in a statement published by AP:
“As a matter of principle, the basis of the preparation of a bid should not be the scoring system for the technical evaluation but rather the requirements which FIFA has provided to the bidders in 2017 through the bidding and hosting requirements. Contrary to what the FRMF implies, the hosting requirements, which were clearly set in the bidding registration and other bidding/hosting documents provided in 2017, have not changed. The scoring system merely provides a methodology for evaluating and documenting the extent to which the bids submitted fulfill those requirements in certain key areas.”