According to a statement released on the Royal Moroccan Football Federation's (FRMF) website, the signing of the bid agreement represents a commitment by the three football federations to uphold the regulations and framework governing the bidding process. The document also provides guidance on important technical aspects of the bid, such as its promotion and evaluation criteria.
"The Moroccan, Portuguese and Spanish football federations will now be working together more closely than ever to develop a bid that will enable the FIFA World Cup to exceed all expectations," said the FRMF, adding that "in sharing their vision and outlook for the tournament last month, the Federations expressed their intention to deliver a tournament that strengthens the FIFA World Cup legacy, develops football and will have a significant impact worldwide," the release said.
President of the Portuguese Football Federation Fernando Gomes stated that the bid agreement's signing marked "a historic moment for our federations and for football in our three countries" during the ceremony.
Today, we celebrate all those who have made this moment possible, and from tomorrow, we work to develop a bid and tournament plan that will impress football fans around the world, and to hold a tournament that will be a unique new experience for all football fans worldwide," he noted.
President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa, stressed that "thanks to the vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, football in Morocco is developing like never before, from the grass roots right up to our national teams".
"Joining forces with Portugal and Spain to create a FIFA World Cup that will be revolutionary and forever mark the history of world football. Together, we will make history. The first transcontinental men's FIFA World Cup. The first to be organized in two continents and three countries. And only the second on the entire African continent. Our impact can be phenomenal, because our 2030 World Cup will be a footballing event that will mark a new turning point," stressed Lekjaa.
Meanwhile, President of the Royal Spanish football federation, Pedro Rocha, said: "We are very grateful for the confidence FIFA has shown in our vision so far (...) and we look forward to working together in the coming months".
"We are aware of the considerable responsibility that comes with hosting a football World Cup, and we are already measuring its full significance. Three countries will host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, but its legacy will be felt everywhere," he added.
Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay also confirmed as bidders to host the centenary celebration with one 2030 World Cup match in each country, FIFA said as reported by Xinhua.
Saudi Arabia's bidding submission for the 2034 FIFA World Cup was also received by FIFA, and the hosts will be appointed by the FIFA Congress.
In January 2024, FIFA will conduct a targeted dialogue with all bidders and will publish its evaluation reports after a thorough evaluation process, FIFA said.
With IANS Inputs