On June 13, 2018, FIFA made Canada, Mexico and the United States responsible for hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup. This will be the first time that three countries will take part in the tournament.
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FIFA on Wednesday morning voted for the right to host the 2026 World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
The combined Konkakaf bid of these three nations defeated Morocco. During the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday, he won 134 votes compared to 65 for Morocco and one vote for no venue.
This will be the first time that the three countries will co-host the world’s largest sporting spectacle. The only other World Cup to feature multiple hosts was the 2002 tournament, in which South Korea and Japan shared the honors.
The 2026 World Cup will also be the first tournament to feature 48 teams. It is expected to take place in June and July this year.
Thus, the United States, which failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986, scored a major victory on the eve of the four-year competition in Russia. Mexico, under former New York Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, is participating in this tournament. Canada has not competed in the World Cups since 1986.
“Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup is a rare and important moment that demonstrates that we are all truly united by sport,” said US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, United Bid Co-Chair. “We are honored by the confidence our colleagues from the FIFA family have placed in our proposal; strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the Konkakafregion; and are encouraged by the opportunity we have to take football on a new and sustainable path for future generations.”
The other two co-chairs of the Joint Bid Committee shared similar sentiments.
“Hosting the FIFA World Cup is an exceptional honor and privilege,” said Canada Soccer President Stephen Reed. “Canada, Mexico and the United States are ready to welcome the whole world to North America and host the biggest World Cup in history. Our vision is a world of opportunity for candidate cities and for the global football community.”
Mexican Football Federation President Desio de Maria added: “We are grateful for the opportunity to bring FIFA’s new vision of the future of football to life. Together – in partnership with our candidate host cities, member associations and FIFA – we will use this platform to unite the world around football and help create a new and sustainable blueprint for future FIFA World Cups.”
FIFA decided to go with the funding of the US, Canadian and Mexican bid, where all facilities are ready, rather than the Moroccan bid, which requires all 14 stadiums to be built or refurbished.
FIFA member associations had three options: Morocco, a Unified bid, and neither of the two bids.
The applications were studies of contrasts. Morocco promised a profit of $7.2 billion, while United Bid projected $14.3 billion.
During a presentation to the FIFA Congress just before the vote, the three presidents of the United Bid federations made the final push for the organization. Also featured were young players from all federations – Alphonso Davis of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Player of the Week, Team USA U20 Brianna Pinto and Mexican U-21 player Diego Lines.
Prior to Wednesday’s vote, Concacafe had hosted the World Cup three times – twice in Mexico in 1970 and 1986 and in the United States in 1994.
Africa hosted once and South Africa welcomed the world in 2010.
Morocco has lost in four previous World Cup bidding campaigns.
The hosting of the 1994 World Cup was a watershed moment for American football, as the sport received a much-needed boost after a highly successful tournament. Major League Soccer was born two years later.
The 2022 World Cup will be hosted by Qatar and will feature 32 teams.
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