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US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup as Morocco lose out

But Morocco, bidding for a fifth time, had closed the gap on "United 2026" to the point that nobody in Moscow wanted to make a public prediction ahead of the vote at the FIFA Congress, where 207 member associations, minus the four bidding nations, cast ballots.

The North American proposal had lined up high-profile backers, including soccer star David Beckham, who said that "the World Cup deserves to be in great places", and U.S. President Donald Trump, who combined support for the bid with a veiled threat to those that planned to vote for competing offers. President Trump promised athletes would be able to enter the U.S. "without discrimination" ahead of the decision, per CNN.

Russian Federation selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara. The U.S. will host 60 of the 80 matches, including the final, scheduled for MetLife Stadium outside New York City. It will be the first World Cup since the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan in which multiple countries will host.

Morocco have now failed with five bids to hold the World Cup and are unlikely now to have the financial means to put together another bid for the foreseeable future.

"Hosting a FIFA World Cup is an extraordinary honor and privilege", Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer, said in a statement. The United Bid is expecting to make more than half that in ticket revenue alone. "Our vision is of a world of opportunity for our Candidate host cities and for the global football community".

The World Cup is returning to North American soil.

The World Cup is coming to Canada.

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup as Morocco lose out
US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup: FIFA vote

"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 United States was defeated in the final round of voting to determine the 2022 World Cup host.

How many teams are participating in the 2026 World Cup?

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The 2026 World Cup will expand to 48 teams from 32, and will feature a new format of 16 round-robin groups of three teams with the top two from each pool advancing to a 32-nation knockout round.

One has to think all three will receive an automatic pass into the tournament. Canada and Mexico would each host 10 games.

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.

The 2018 World Cup matches will be held in 11 cities and 12 stadiums: Moscow, St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Samara, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad and Sochi.

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