FIFA Votes To Host 2026 World Cup In North America


For the first time in history, FIFA's Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the FIFA World CupTM.

But compared to North America, Morocco's bid exists largely on paper - many stadiums and roads would have to be built and critics question how it would cope with the 2026 tournament, which will be expanded to 48 teams.

Major League Soccer released the following statement: "The decision to host World Cup 2026 in Canada, Mexico and the United States is a testament to our three nations coming together for the United Bid, and a monumental step in our collective mission to further advance the game of soccer in North America".

For so long the United bid had looked like it would run unopposed but Morocco, a country that has pitched but failed to secure four previous tournaments, jumped into the fray last August and created a two-horse race that has proved to be unexpectedly competitive.

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The "United" bid received 134 of the 203 votes cast at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, while Morocco polled 65.

Russian organizers say they expect World Cup spending to exceed $11 billion, though that tally does not include undisclosed spending on some of the new city infrastructure and stadiums that will be used during the event.

Since the USA first hosted the World Cup in 1994, it has been in France, South Korea and Japan (joint-bid), Germany, South Africa and Brazil, with the Russia World Cup beginning on Thursday.

The Fifa meeting had 15 points on its agenda, and voting on the World Cup location was point 13.

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"The possibility of hosting the World Cup in Canada would be an absolute game-changing event for the sport in this country", deVos told Sportsnet this week. "We're talking about football and what is fundamentally, at the end of the day, the best interest of football and our footballing community".

The so-called United bid gets 17 low-risk assessments and three medium (organizing cost, legal-government support, and human rights and labour standards).

The United bid made a presentation to UEFA officials on Tuesday, with CSA president Steve Reed handling the Canadian portion.

CONCACAF, whose president - Canadian Victor Montagliani - played a key role in the bid, called the vote a "monumental victory" for the confederation that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.

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The US lost out on the 2022 tournament to Qatar, the award of which has been mired by corruption allegations that started a chain of events leading to the downfall of former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter.

Seven former World Cup winners will be competing: Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Uruguay, France, England and Spain. Canada, for their part, has eight years to prepare a men's team worthy of their place at the party.

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