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World Cup 2026: US, Canada and Mexico to host tournament

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United States, Canada and Mexico will host football’s biggest event, the FIFA World Cup in 2026, after their joint proposal beat Morocco’s bid in a vote Wednesday morning.

The ‘United 2026’ bid needed a majority of 104 out of the 211 FIFA member nations to win the hosting rights. Out of the total, only 200 nations qualified to cast a vote at the 68th FIFA Congress held in Moscow ahead of the 2018 World Cup which begins tomorrow.

The bidding nations, US, Canada, Morocco and Mexico were exempt together with three US territories — Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgins Islands. Ghana also presented no voting delegates after the country’s government said it had placed restrictions on football-related activities amid allegations of “widespread” corruption.

North America’s joint bid triumphed after the voting process — winning 134 votes compared to 65 for Morocco –US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro could not hide his joy:

“Football is the only victor. We are all united in football…..”Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege,” he said.

The World Cup is being expanded to 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days, and the 2026 tournament will mark the beginning of the expanded format. It will also be the first time a World Cup has been co-hosted by three nations.

Both Mexico (1970 and 1986) and the United States (1994) have previously hosted World Cups.

Canada staged the Women’s World Cup in 2015.

The 2026 World Cup is expected to generate $14bn in revenue and rake in about $11bn profits for Fifa, according to Cordeiro.

Sixteen cities will host the matches, 10 will be in the United States while the remainder will be split evenly between Canada and Mexico.

The US cities will handle 60 matches, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each.

The final game will take place at the 84,953-capacity MetLife Stadium, which is home to NFL sides the New York Giants and the New York Jets.

World Cup 2026: US, Canada and Mexico to host tournament

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