Canada, US and Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

Jose Verdugo
Junio 13, 2018

An FA spokesperson said: "We congratulate the USA, Canada and Mexico on winning the bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup".

The North American bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the ballot at a FIFA Congress held in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup.

The expanded format in 2026 will include 48 teams, playing a total of 80 matches. "Football today is the only victor".

There were insinuations that after President Donald Trump sort of threatened to withhold or stop aid and help to countries they now support, there were fears that a lot of countries, including Nigeria, would be forced to vote for the United bid.

"Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege".

In rating the risk assessment of both bidders, with grades of low-, medium- and high-risk, FIFA's own bid evaluation report gives Morocco three high-risk grades (stadiums, accommodation, and accommodation and transport), 10 medium and seven low. "But when I was five years old, a country called Canada welcomed us in", he told the Congress. 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.

Other cities on the list are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey, Montreal, Nashville, New York/NewJersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, DC.

It marks the first time the World Cup will be held in more than one country since 2002, when South Korea and Japan shared hosting duties.

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The distance between the most northern host city (Edmonton) and the most southern (Mexico City) is nearly 3,000 miles, which compares to 1,900 miles at this month's tournament in Russian Federation. For the first time in history, FIFA's Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the FIFA World CupTM.

Just to add to the complexity, there was a third option for all voters: neither Morocco or United and we would have had to start a new bidding process. That avoids a potentially embarrassing meeting with his successor Gianni Infantino, German news agency DPA reported.

"I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country to continue to work for football and realise one day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".

The North American bid was in better shape to host the World Cup.

"We believe strongly that this decision will be made on its merits", Cordeiro said.

Morocco, which has now lost five bid campaigns, was classy in defeat - congratulating the North American winners.

It is still by no means clear, however, exactly how Federation Internationale de Football Association will tell the world who each country voted for (electronically or otherwise) - or how long after the poll the individual preferences will be made public.

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