US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

US Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

But Morocco, bidding for a fifth time, had closed the gap on "United 2026" to the point that nobody in Moscow wanted to make a public prediction ahead of the vote at the FIFA Congress, where 207 member associations, minus the four bidding nations, cast ballots.

Hosting a World Cup is a spectacle unlike any other, and in two cycles, the world's biggest competition will return to North America following Wednesday's vote. The US, Mexico and Canada received 134 votes (67 percent) with the Morocco bid earning 65 votes.

"It's a bit emotional for us today", Carlos Cordeiro, president of U.S. Soccer, said after the vote.

Trump has also backed the tri-nation bid and his administration has given guarantees about trade, tax and other requirements demanded by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

A total of 80 games will be played with 60 planned in the United States and 10 each in Canada and Mexico with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to National Football League teams New York Giants and New York Jets.

Meanwhile, the United States hosted the World Cup previously in 1994 while Mexico hosted it in 1970 and 1986. Canada's sole World Cup appearance was in 1986 in Mexico, where they did not score a goal, losing to France, Hungry and the Soviet Union in the group stage.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would be glad to see all guests here in Moscow and certainly this concerns the guests from the United States at the highest level", Peskov said, speaking on whether Trump could be invited to Moscow as a guest at the World Cup.

Ghana will not be participating in the voting process to elect the 2026 World Cup host which takes off anytime soon.

Although it would be the first tournament to be hosted by three nations, the vast majority of games will be held in the US.

The 80 matches in the 2026 tournament, involving an expanded roster of 48 teams, will be held in stadiums scattered throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. "The 2026 World Cup is coming to Canada, the U.S. & Mexico!"

"The World Cup is of great significance for our country".

The absence of Italy, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and Chile, who were backed by 13,000 fans during last year's Confederations Cup, has raised the prospect of some games at the World Cup being played to smaller crowds than originally anticipated.

"We believe strongly that this decision will be made on its merits", Cordeiro, the bid leader, told reporters.

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

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