US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2018

FIFA's World Cup soccer is coming to Canada, but Vancouver is not among the host cities after B.C. backed out of the bid for the games earlier this year.

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.

"Today I'm 17 years old and I play for the (Canadian) men's national team".

Seven members recused their voting rights - Guam, Kenyan, the US Virgin Islands football associations, and the bidders.

Morocco's bid promised $5 billion in profit, but admitted needing to spend $16 billion on building stadiums and infrastructure. It will be the first World Cup since the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan in which multiple countries will host.

The United States last hosted the men's World Cup in 1994.

Canada failed in its lone previous bid - to host the 1986 tournament after Colombia pulled out as host.

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.

"I go back all the way to growing up in London and my start in the game". We've landed a World Cup.

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

Historically, the host nation has always automatically qualified for the World Cup - it hasn't been forced to play games in order to qualify for the tournament.

Cordeiro claimed the 2026 World Cup will generate $14 billion in revenue - that is an $11 billion profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association. The tournament will still take place over 32 days.

Sixty matches will take place in the United States, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each.

"On behalf of our United bid, thank you so, so much for this incredible honour", an emotional U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on the Congress stage.

"This is a monumental victory for the Concacaf family, as the United Bid exemplified the strong collaboration, beyond politics and business, that now exists in our region".

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.

Miami and Orlando are among the 23 cities in the running to host matches, and Hard Rock Stadium - built for soccer and known as a host to sold-out worldwide matches - is expected to be selected.

The Mexican candidate cities are Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey.

They warned "the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality can not be overstated".

There are two World Cup finals debutants this summer, Iceland and Panama, with the former faced with overcoming tournament regulars Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria, and the latter hoping to cause a major upset in Group G with Belgium, England and Tunisia.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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