USA, Canada and Mexico to host football World Cup 2026

USA-Canada-Mexico to host World Cup 2026

The combined North American bid of the United States, Mexico and Canada was awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday, moving Baltimore one step closer toward possibly hosting a match in the quadrennial soccer competition.

The North American united bid won 67 per cent of the votes, compared to its sole competitor, Morocco, which earned 33 per cent.

In a vote of more than 200 member nations of soccer's governing body in Moscow, the so-called United Bid beat out Morocco, 134-65.

"On behalf of our United bid, thank you so, so much for this incredible honour", an emotional U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on the Congress stage. "Football today is the only victor, and in that spirit, we wish our Russian hosts and all the teams participating here this month, the very best of luck".

American soccer player Brianna Pinto speaks at the Federation Internationale de Football Association congress on the eve of the opener of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow. While the United bid is a co-operative effort, it is the United States that is the undoubted leader, with 60 games - and all matches from the quarter-finals onward - taking place there with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 each.

The U.S. last hosted the World Cup in 1994, an event that eventually gave rise to Major League Soccer, now in its 23rd season. "Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World Cup™ in history".

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Both bids made their final appeals to UEFA voters in Moscow on Tuesday, with Morocco and United expected to get a vast show of support from their respective confederations.

"We may turn a blind eye to some petty offenses and to the nuances of our legislation", he said.

USA, Canada and Mexico had been considered favourites throughout the bidding process, despite some suggesting the controversial politics of American president Donald Trump could help Morocco.

Canada, meanwhile, did not even make it that far, finishing third behind Mexico and Honduras in the fourth round. The congress is to choose the host or hosts for the 2026 World Cup. It's not clear how that would work with three countries as co-hosts.

Peskov said the list of foreign guests "who will share with us the joy of the World Cup" is being updated.

The 2026 World Cup will expand to 48 teams from 32, and will feature a new format of 16 round-robin groups of three teams with the top two from each pool advancing to a 32-nation knockout round.

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