North America will host the World Cup in 2026

North America will host the World Cup in 2026

North America will host the World Cup in 2026

The joint bid won 134 votes (67%) out of the 203 entitled to vote with Morocco bagging 65 (33%) when voting took place in Moscow on Wednesday, a day ahead of the Russia World Cup 2018. Mexico last missed the tournament in 1990, while Canada hasn't qualified for the World Cup since making their lone appearance in 1986. Canada is involved for the first time.

The 2026 cup will be the first of an expanded tournament that will include 48 teams instead of 32, putting considerably more burden on the host country.

Of the 80 games, 60 will be played in the United States with 10 each in Canada and Mexico.

Not all of the cities included in the bid will be chosen for the final 16, with a refined list to be put forward around 2021, according to the bid's organizers. "I think it will be a very hard decision that we will all have to make, the three of us in conjunction with Federation Internationale de Football Association when we have to determine the final 16, but it's a high-class problem".

Wednesday's vote, conducted during the Fifa Congress at Moscow's expo centre, provided a much-needed victory for American football, which is in the process of rebuilding the men's programme in the wake of last fall's failure to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation. With the Americans absent for the first time since 1986, the tournament will begin Thursday (Friday NZT) in Moscow with Russian Federation facing Saudi Arabia. "The merits of the bid, we feel we have a compelling proposal". Canada staged the Women's World Cup in 2015.

With Russia hosting in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, no countries from either Europe or Asia were allowed to bid for the 2026 tournament.

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It's unclear at the moment how travel will shake out and how far teams will have to travel for matches.

The bid received assurances from the White House that, despite tighter immigration measures proposed by the Trump administration, fans from all parts of the world with proper documentation would be able to attend the tournament. USSF President Carlos Cordeiro has praised the president for supporting the bid. Venues for the United bid will be picked from existing stadiums or new ones under construction. Kraft's Gillette Stadium, home to the Patriots and MLS's New England Revolution, becomes a favourite to host 2026 matches.

The World Cup is coming back to America. With the tournament expanding by 50 per cent, voters were apparently wary of the country handling such a large-scale competition.

Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa: "It's an opportunity to bring the world together and highlight how well things work between Canada, Mexico and the United States". South Africa staged the 2010 tournament. They ended up meeting some 150 national representatives. Hosting rights for previous World Cups had been awarded by what was then a 24-person FIFA Executive Committee. Morocco would have needed to build nine stadiums and renovate five others.

Even if Trump were to be elected for a second four-year term in 2020 he would not be in office when the World Cup kicks off in 2026.

Without the reforms, USA officials said they would not have entered the race.

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"It just made a lot of sense to accommodate and expand a tournament have all three countries host and really kind of spread the football love all around North America", Shanks added.

A total of 23 finalists between the three countries have been selected as possible locations for World Cup games. "Categorically, nobody", Cordeiro said.

Canada has not qualified since 1986, which is the last time the US did not qualify, before 2018. The United States and Canada did not qualify.

It shows how passionate we are as a nation for football, how our society is amongst the most diverse in the world with communities ready to welcome every team, how we already have fantastic stadiums, training grounds, transport and hotels which will enable us to stage a festival of football creating the most commercially successful World Cup ever. Matches in Washington that summer were played at RFK Stadium. FIFA said in May 2017 that the question will be answered by the FIFA Council at a later date, and no decision was made on Wednesday.

The FIFA inspectors had deemed Morocco a "high risk" choice, describing the two bids as "almost at opposite ends of the spectrum".

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