United Bid Selected to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

United Bid Selected to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

As part of the bid, which was decided on by more than 200 member nations and announced at the annual FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday, the USA will host 60 games while Canada and Mexico will each host 10.

"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026", Carlos Cordiero, president of the US Soccer Federation told Congress.

"I was sad when the victor was announced", said former Moroccan footballer Abdelkrim El Hadrioui.

Canada will host men's World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986.

The previous World Cup, held four years ago in Brazil, generated $4.8 billion for Federation Internationale de Football Association.

When is the World Cup taking place in 2026?

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But compared to North America, Morocco's bid existed largely on paper - many stadiums and roads would have had to have been built and critics questioned how it would have coped with the 2026 tournament, which will be expanded to 48 teams. The projects that we have presented in the Bid Book will be realised.

The US-led bid had been coasting to victory but the intervention of Donald Trump, who made veiled threats against countries who voted for Morocco, spiced up the contest. "This is an incredible, and incredibly important, the moment for football in North America and beyond", said Carlos Cordeiro, the president of U.S. football was quoted as saying by ESPN. It was a veiled threat to withhold USA support from countries opposing the bid.

A giant screen displays the logo of Morocco 2026 before a press conference to promote Morocco's bib for the 2026 soccer World Cup in Casablanca.

Of the 16 host cities, 10 will be in the United States while the remainder will be split evenly between Canada and Mexico.

While Ghana's former FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has been handed a 90-day Fifa ban following corruption allegations, the country's government is on the verge of dissolving the association, with two GFA officials barred from travelling to attend the congress in Russian Federation. He said it was too early to put a price tag on the upgrades.

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