US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

Clyde Nash
June 15, 2018

"Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege".

The soccer showpiece will return to the US for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

Mr Trump tweeted his approval on Wednesday in a rare show of unity with Canada and Mexico.

Brazil's Pele is the only player to win three World Cups: in 1958, 1962 and 1970. Leaders of the Morocco bid said they expected an African tournament to generate $5 billion in revenue.

Canada for instance pointed to cities like Toronto, Edmonton and Montreal, which will now get the chance to host the global tournament.

The 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams playing a total of 80 games - 60 are planned in the U.S. and 10 each in Canada and Mexico.

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The distance between the most northern host city (Edmonton) and the most southern (Mexico City) is nearly 3,000 miles, which compares to 1,900 miles at this month's tournament in Russian Federation.

The 2026 World Cup will also be the first hosted jointly by three countries.

Federation Internationale de Football Association now has the final say on which cities are selected to host games and whether all three countries are guaranteed a place at the tournament.

"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the Fifa World Cup in 2026", said an emotional Carlos Cordeiro, the president of the U.S. soccer federation, on the eve of this summer's tournament in Russia.

"We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the Fifa family have put in our bid, strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the Concacaf region and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come".

"I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country to continue to work for football and realise one day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".

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Ghana will not be participating in the voting process to elect the 2026 World Cup host which takes off anytime soon. The projects that we have presented in the Bid Book will be realised. The North American bid won 134 to 65, according to ESPN FC.

The host nations will receive automatic bids to compete in the tournament.

Despite the defeat, bid chairman Moulay Hafid Elalamy said in a statement, "Morocco is proud to have led a campaign that was committed, ethical and totally in keeping to the rules imposed by Federation Internationale de Football Association".

Nine of the 14 stadiums included in Morocco's bid were yet to be built, while the remaining five required "significant renovation or upgrading".

Morocco's candidacy, on the other hand was believed to be strong with support from a majority of African countries and the European confederation. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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