FIFA World Cup 2026 bid: Independent auditors certify FIFA’s bid process

FIFA World Cup 2026 bid 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow

FIFA’s independent auditors BDO have certified that FIFA had fully complied with the rules of the bidding process for finalising the hosts for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

On 13 June 2018, the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, on the eve of the FIFA World Cup 2018 opening ceremony in Russia, has chosen the United bid, a joint bid from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, to host the FIFA World Cup 2026.

In order to monitor FIFA’s compliance with the bidding process, FIFA’s independent auditors BDO developed a work programme in close collaboration with the world governing body for football. The work programme sets out specific performance indicators to monitor FIFA‘s activities. Each performance indicator is indicative of integrity, transparency, or fairness, which are key principles for the fair and equal treatment of stakeholders.

The work programme covers the topics of interacting with the bidders, bidding documents, evaluation process, decision and award phase. BDO reviewed the bidding documents submitted by Morocco and the United bid, observed FIFA’s interaction with bidders and all 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force meetings, reviewed contracts with independent experts, conducted interviews with key individuals, and reviewed the bidding email account.

BDO is one of the leading audit, accounting and consulting firms in Switzerland. BDO audits and advises industrial and service sector companies, including SMEs, listed companies, public authorities and non-profit organisations. BDO’s global network across 162 countries is utilised for clients with an international focus. BDO Ltd, with its head office in Zurich, is an independent, legally separate Swiss firm belonging to the international BDO network, whose head office is in Brussels (Belgium).

In addition to the new bidding process, the 2026 FIFA World Cup will feature many firsts: 48 teams competing, 80 matches, held in three countries, USA, Mexico and Canada hosting men’s World Cup matches.

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