Canada-Mexico to host World Cup 2026

Jose Verdugo
Junio 13, 2018

The Associated Press reports that FIFA's member associations voted 134 to 65, with one no-vote, Wednesday in favour of the joint North American bid by Canada, the US and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup men's soccer tournament over that of Morocco.

The North American united bid won 67 per cent of the votes, compared to its sole competitor, Morocco, which earned 33 per cent.

The United Bid was endorsed by David Beckham and there will be 16 host cities across North America with the USA holding ten of the 16, while Mexico and Canada will have three each.

"On behalf of our United bid, thank you so, so much for this incredible honour", an emotional U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on the Congress stage.

The specific dates will be set by FIFA in the future, including the date for the FIFA World Cup Official Draw which usually takes place the December before the tournament (in this case December 2025). The U.S. proposed to host 60 out of the 80 matches, leaving Canada and Mexico with 10 fixtures each. It will be the first World Cup since the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan in which multiple countries will host.

The country has competed in just one World Cup in its history, qualifying for the 1986 tournament and failing to collect a single point from three matches.

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The Swiss was in charge of football's global governing body at the time Russian Federation was awarded the tournament in December 2010, before his reign ended amid a corruption scandal involving FIFA. And the United committee's bid packet is expecting the 2026 event to be even more lucrative, projecting a record $14 billion in revenue and $11 billion in profits. Antonio Carbajal and German legend Lothar Matthaus achieved the feat, while Gigi Buffon went to five World Cups but didn't make an appearance at France 1998.

The absence of Italy, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and Chile, who were backed by 13,000 fans during last year's Confederations Cup, has raised the prospect of some games at the World Cup being played to smaller crowds than originally anticipated.

Lincoln Financial Field was prominent in North America's bid, as one of 23 potential host venues.

Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal were the three Canadian cities designated in the bid to possibly host games in the 2026 tournament, which is expanding to 48 team, up from the current 32-team format.

"We believe strongly that this decision will be made on its merits", Cordeiro, the bid leader, told reporters.

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