North America to host 2026 World Cup; Philly in running for games

Jun 13, 2018, 18:58
North America to host 2026 World Cup; Philly in running for games

The 2026 FIFA World Cup is heading to North America after a joint bid from the United States, Canada, and Mexico defeated Morocco in a landslide vote.

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.

We'll find out where the 2026 tournament will be held.

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

Cordeiro has said his bid would generate $14bn in revenue and make an $11bn profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association. "We appreciated that as much as you can do, you are not guaranteed victory", he said. You know, we ran and lost eight years ago.

"We have no regrets (voting for Morocco)".

Three US territories - Guam, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico - were among the other member nations to not vote.

The United States, which hosted the 1994 World Cup, is to host 60 of the 80 matches, including those in the knockout phase, while Canada and Mexico will get just 10 group-stage matches each.

It would likely open the door to Canada finally returning to the men's world stage - a widely expected scenario as co-host that has yet to be officially confirmed.

The report made the US-Canada-Mexico bid the clear favourite after rating it four out of five, and Morocco was not able to bridge the gap.

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup as Morocco lose out

Under the current blueprint, the USA would host the lion's share of games with 60, compared to 10 each for Canada (with Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto serving as host cities) and Mexico.

Three Canadian cities - Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto - could potentially host matches.

As nice as it is to travel and experience new countries, having the tournament come to our own backyard is a chance that simply can not be missed, especially considering it will be held in three separate countries for the first time in the history of the World Cup. Mexico hosted the World Cup in 1986; Canada never has.

Cordeiro claimed the 2026 World Cup will generate $14 billion in revenue - that is an $11 billion profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Out of the 53 CAF-affiliated countries; nine voted for the joint bid - Benin Republic, Botswana, Cape Verde, Guinea, Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

"Our Canadian kids have got a big opportunity and I think that 2026 makes sure that many of them that might have left our shores to play for other countries will stay".

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

The bid received assurances from the White House that, despite tighter immigration measures proposed by the Trump administration, fans from all parts of the world with proper documentation would be able to attend the tournament.

Russian organizers say they expect World Cup spending to exceed $11 billion, though that tally does not include undisclosed spending on some of the new city infrastructure and stadiums that will be used during the event.

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