Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

United States, Canada and Mexico awarded 2026 World Cup

United States, Canada and Mexico awarded 2026 World Cup

The "United Bid" won the vote 134-65 over Morocco during a special congressional meeting where every single member nation of Federation Internationale de Football Association, excluding the four potential host countries, cast a ballot.

"We've been working basically nonstop", U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said here on Sunday night.

"Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege". "We are all united in football".

France, in particular, has lobbied behind the scenes for French-speaking Morocco and the bid has the support of most African nations in line with a call from the head of the Confederation of African Football, Ahmad Ahmad.

Mexico previously hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986.

Ghana will not be participating in the voting process to elect the 2026 World Cup host which takes off anytime soon.

Canada's games will be split between three host cities with Toronto potentially hosting four games and Montreal and Edmonton taking three each.

The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each.

Historically, the host nation has always automatically qualified for the World Cup - it hasn't been forced to play games in order to qualify for the tournament.

Despite the latest setback, Morocco vowed to continue its bid to host the tournament in future.

In its fourth bid attempt for the World Cup, Moroccan officials criticized the North American bid in conjunction with trying to rally support for its own.

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US Soccer: "Hosting the 2026 Fifa World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport".

Morocco has said it needs to spend nearly $16 billion (£12 billion) on infrastructure while the North American bid's revenue forecast ($14.3bn) far outstrips what Morocco has to offer ($7.2bn).

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It will be the first World Cup to be expanded to 48 teams, posing an enormous logistical challenge for the hosts.

The "United" bid, that will see 60 of the tournament's games held in the USA, with Canada and Mexico getting 10 each, beat out the underdog campaign of Morocco to bring soccer's biggest show back to American soil.

Russian Federation is holding the 2018 tournament, which happens every four years, and we already know that Qatar are hosting the next one in 2022.

According to the United Bid, FIFA will decide the host cities in 2020 or 2021.

She was cleared of any wrongdoing and dismissed the claims as "laughable" and "unfortunate".

An optimistic promise of delivering $14 billion in revenue helped sway voters, along with the lack of major construction work required on the 16 planned stadiums, all of which already exist.

The 2026 award is also a victory for many of FIFA's corporate partners, which will have the advantage of more teams and the world's biggest media market. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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