World Cup 2026 awarded to USA, Canada and Mexico

Aubrey Yates
June 14, 2018

A united bid of the U.S., Canada and Mexico was awarded the right Wednesday to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The soccer showpiece will return to the USA for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, where the 2018 tournaments starts on Thursday.

Up until now the host country has received an automatic berth, but 2026 will mark the first year the World Cup grows from 32 teams to 48, so there's a good chance Federation Internationale de Football Association will decide to give spots to Canada, the US and Mexico. "Football today is the only victor".

The 2022 FIFA World Cup finals will take place in Qatar, while the 2026 finals will be the first to have 48 teams in attendance.

Of the 211 Fifa member nations, 200 cast a vote at the 68th Fifa Congress in Moscow on Wednesday, with the winning bid needing a majority of 104.

Since the US first hosted the World Cup in 1994 (Denver wasn't one of the host cities), it has been in France, South Korea and Japan (joint-bid), Germany, South Africa and Brazil, with the Russia World Cup beginning on Thursday.

US President Donald Trump tweeted: "The US, together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup".

Canada's men's team has not played in the World Cup since 1986 but traditionally, host countries do get to play. The stadium has also hosted World Cup qualifying games in the past.

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

Collectively, the three countries have 17 stadiums which would require no extra work to make them World Cup-ready.

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.

The three countries saw off a bid from Morocco, a North African countries was their only rival in the bid. Another three are cities that will have expansion teams coming into MLS.

"My dream is to someday compete in the World Cup, maybe even in my home town of Edmonton".

This was the first World Cup vote since 2010, when U.S. and Switzerland investigators unveiled corruption on an unprecedented scale afterwards.

A statement released by the Colorado Rapids, the Denver Sports Commission and the Stadium Management Company said Denver is among approximately 23 cities in consideration to host World Cup games eight years from now.

The 1994 World Cup in the United States set an attendance record that still stands, with almost 3.6 million spectators for only 52 matches. The projects that we have presented in the Bid Book will be realised. However, the New York Times has reported that United bid officials have letters from the US president saying all teams that qualify - and their fans - will be able to enter the country. There is also no National Football League stadium within Portland that could be used.

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