United States, Canada and Mexico to jointly host 2026 World Cup

4505072383 United States Mexico & Canada Bid Wins Vote For 2026 World Cup

USA, Canada and Mexico will host football's World Cup 2026 after it saw off a challenge from Morocco at the FIFA Congress.

Federation Internationale de Football Association member delegations, voting Wednesday during their 68 Congress in Moscow, chose the so-called United Bid over a rival proposal from Morocco.

"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", read a statement from Major League Soccer.

Morocco has largely avoided competing with the North Americans in a dash for cash.

MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is expected to host the 2026 World Cup final.

In rating the risk assessment of both bidders, with grades of low-, medium- and high-risk, FIFA's own bid evaluation report gave Morocco three high-risk grades (stadiums, accommodation, and accommodation and transport), 10 medium and seven low. Morocco's bid garnered a score of 2.7, along with a stark warning from the inspection team that "the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality can not be overstated".

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Putin said this while welcoming delegates from more than 200 countries at the FIFA Congress at Moscow's Expocentre.

"Hosting the 2026 FIFA World CupTM is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport", said Carlos Cordeiro, President of U.S. Soccer and Co‐Chair of the United Bid. The U.S. will join France, Germany, Brazil, and Italy as nations to host the cup twice, while this will be a record third time for Mexico. Both Valerie Plante of Montreal and John Tory of Toronto retweeted a video of the bid team reacting to the news, with Tory adding, "We won! The merits of the bid, we feel we have a compelling proposal".

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.

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". In addition, the United bid projected to bring in $14 billion, double that of Morocco.

Morocco bid leader Hicham El Amrani argues its 12 host cities are "very close to each other, with for example Casablanca a maximum 500 kilometres (310 miles) from another venue" compared to the vast distances involved in North America.

But it will likely need heavy support from Europe to pull off a shock win.

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