US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

USA-Canada-Mexico to host World Cup 2026

The majority of the 80 matches in the North American bid would be played in the United States, who hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

The winning bid got 134 votes, compared to 65 for Morocco.

Earlier in the year, there were fears that opposition to US President Donald Trump could endanger the US-led bid for the 2026 World Cup, but those fears were allayed at the 68th Fifa Congress in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday.

"Football today is the only victor", said U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 opening ceremony will take place at 6.30 pm IST on June 14, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Canada has played host to numerous Federation Internationale de Football Association events in the past, including the men's Under-16 World Championship in 1987, the 2002 under-19 women's World Championship, the 2007 men's Under-20 World Cup, the 2014 Under-20 Women's World Cup and the 2015 Women's World Cup.

The 2026 World Cup will head to North America for the fourth time and will be the first with 48 teams taking part.

Of the 80 games, 10 matches will be held in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the USA with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets.

Since the US 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.

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The country has competed in just one World Cup in its history, qualifying for the 1986 tournament and failing to collect a single point from three matches.

Canada has bid once before in 1986, but it failed.

According to the United Bid, FIFA will decide the host cities in 2020 or 2021.

Toronto, along with Montreal and Edmonton, could host three or four games in the tournament's knockout round.

Anxious that rivals might try to turn the vote into a referendum on Trump, who is deeply unpopular in many parts of the world, organizers of the North American bid took pains to dissociate their efforts from politics.

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.

"We believe strongly that this decision will be made on its merits", Cordeiro, the bid leader, told reporters.

Delegates were faced with a choice between a slick joint bid, or Morocco's offer that would have brought the tournament to Africa for a second time.

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