USA, Canada and Mexico to host football World Cup 2026

USA, Canada and Mexico to host football World Cup 2026

USA, Canada and Mexico to host football World Cup 2026

The North American bid beat competition from Morocco, which was hoping to become just the second African country to host soccer's biggest global tournament.

The FIFA congress announced Wednesday it had selected Canada, the United States and Mexico to host the tournament.

But compared to North America, Morocco's bid existed largely on paper - many stadiums and roads would have had to have been built and critics questioned how it would have coped with the 2026 tournament, which will be expanded to 48 teams. "Football today is the only victor".

The US-led bid had been coasting to victory but the intervention of Donald Trump, who made veiled threats against countries who voted for Morocco, spiced up the contest.

"Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honour".

"Our goal is that all our guests -from football stars to ordinary fans - will feel the warmth and kindness of our people, get into the spirit of Russia's multiethnic culture and unique nature and (we) hope (you will) all wish to come here again", Putin stated.

"We love football in Morocco and live it and play it on every corner".

Morocco has been pressing Federation Internationale de Football Association for several weeks to intervene and exclude the US-governed territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands because of a perceived conflict of interest. Canada's sole World Cup appearance was in 1986 in Mexico, where they did not score a goal, losing to France, Hungry and the Soviet Union in the group stage. The United Bid is expecting to make more than half that in ticket revenue alone.

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

Of the 16 host cities, 10 will be in the United States while the remainder will be split evenly between Canada and Mexico.

The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside NY - home of the NFL's Giants and Jets - is proposed for the final.

It will also be celebrated in football-crazy Mexico, which hosted the World Cup in 1970 and in 1986 - the tournament remembered for Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal. The United Bid featured a youth team player from each of the three nations, beginning with a moving tale by 17-year-old Canadian Alphonso Davies, the current Major League Soccer player of the week, about how his family had been welcomed after fleeing civil war in Africa.

Morocco FA president Fouzi Lekjaa said: "I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country, Morocco, to continue to work for football, to work for the youth and also to realise some day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".

With a handful of games in Mexico and Canada but the majority in the US, the 2026 bid promises the richest and most lucrative tournament in the history of global soccer.

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.

The host nations will receive automatic bids to compete in the tournament.

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