Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

This week's uncertainty comes after Trump in May questioned why the US should support other countries who might lobby against the North American bid. The U.S. government's ongoing investigation into corruption in global soccer rattled FIFA's old guard in its halls of power.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament to expand to 48 teams, allowing for more venues to be selected.

The current blueprint calls for Canada and Mexico to stage 10 games each, with the U.S.to host 60.

The final will be held at the 84,953-capacity MetLife Stadium, which is home to National Football League sides the New York Giants and the New York Jets.

Mexico and the United States are World Cup regulars―although the Stars and Stripes failed to qualify for this year's tournament―but Canada has only competed in a single edition, failing to qualify every time since 1986. A summary of the technical reports was read aloud by FIFA's secretary general before the vote.

Via Wikimedia Commons
Via Wikimedia Commons

The 207 members of Federation Internationale de Football Association not involved in the bids will vote Wednesday in Moscow.

Montopoli says there could be as many as 1,000 people in the room when the two rival bids make their presentations.

"I'm convinced that it was critical to get in front of people, face-to-face", Cordeiro said. "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?" he wrote.

It's massive news for the sport in North America, where it continues to grow, especially in the United States.

However nothing eases Federation Internationale de Football Association nerves quite like money and the United team's projection of a profit of $11 billion U.S. as against Morocco's $7 billion USA likely proved to be the most crucial factor as delegates cast their votes at the ExpoCentre on the banks of the Moscow River. It will be the first ever World Cup that will bring together 48 teams hence the need for more facilities and proper management.

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On Sunday, at the 7th meeting of the FIFA Council (formerly known as FIFA Executive Committee), the two bids were ratified to be voted on following the publication of the Bid Evaluation Report by the 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force.

They warned "the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality can not be overstated".

The last time England hosted the World Cup was 1966, and we actually won it that year as well. After a drawing of lots, the United Bid will go first.

The decision will be a shot in the arm for football, or soccer, in the United States, after the national team failed to qualify for the 2018 finals in a huge setback for the game there. That's the spirit of the World Cup.

"We felt our message was very strong", said Montopoli.

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Voting results for Fifa World Cup 2026 - Part 1Screengrab from Fifa's official website.

Out of the 53 CAF-affiliated countries; nine voted for the joint bid - Benin Republic, Botswana, Cape Verde, Guinea, Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Three quarters of matches, including the final, would be held in the States. "But I'm glad we did". "At the end of the day, we are all united in football".

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