The organizers of Morocco’s bid for the 2026 World Cup were anything but subtle.
“Morocco is one of the world’s safest countries, with low rates of day-to-day crimes,” organizers stated in the executive summary of their bid, specifically touting the country’s “exceptionally low murder rates, benefiting from very low gun circulation."
Safety wasn't a deciding factor when FIFA awarded the 2026 World Cup to North America, a bid led by the United States. Money and infrastructure were. But after yet another mass shooting, this time at a gaming tournament in Jacksonville, we cannot assume that will always be the case.