United States, Mexico & Canada Bid Wins Vote For 2026 World Cup

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It beat competition from Morocco by securing 134 votes (including 11 from Africa) compared to 65 for the North African nation.

The decision was revealed at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday. Canada and Mexico will each host 10 games. The 2026 tournament will be the biggest World Cup ever with 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days.

The U.S. last hosted World Cup games in 1996, Mexico last hosted in 1986 and Canada has never hosted men's World Cup matches.

Among the 22 other host city finalists are Washington and New York/New Jersey, both of which hosted matches in the 1994 World Cup, the last held in North America.

The USA already possesses the sufficient requirements of world-class stadia and worldwide airports to host the tournament and can boast that when they hosted the World Cup in 1994 they set a record for crowds. It is expected U.S. will but Canada has only ever played at one World Cup, so their place is not a straightforward decision for those in power.

Earlier, US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro has said his bid would generate $14bn in revenue and make an $11bn profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association. The intercontinental playoff will be held somewhere in the United States, Canada or Mexico, perhaps in November 2025.

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The joint North American bid was considered a heavy favorite from the outset and earned high marks from FIFA's bid evaluators because it will, in theory, require less construction and lower costs than the Moroccan bid, which carried an estimated price tag above $15 billion.

"We can focus on the game". Like Canada, Japan had previously qualified for only one World Cup.

Despite its fifth failure, Morocco has vowed to continue its campaign to host the World Cup. "I would love to see a Team USA-Mexico match".

First, North America accelerated its efforts the past four months by sending the three co-chairmen - Cordeiro, Canada's Steven Reed and Mexico's Decio de Maria - on separate lobbying trips around the world.

All of these on their own are excellent reasons why hopefully we can persuade the 24 voters on the Fifa Executive Committee in December to award England this great prize. The Switzerland-based organization reports its revenue in four-year cycles, and most recently claimed $5.7 billion for the cycle culminating in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Another three are cities that will have expansion teams coming into MLS. A Federation Internationale de Football Association inspection commission in April gave it a considerably higher score in an evaluation report than Morocco, noting the extensive infrastructure already in place in the three countries, compared to Morocco, which would have had to construct or renovate all its stadiums and build large amounts of accommodation and transport.

The Canadian cities are Edmonton, Alberta; Montreal; and Toronto; and Mexico's are Guadalajara; Mexico City; and Monterrey.

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