World Cup 2026 awarded to USA, Canada and Mexico

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2018

Federation Internationale de Football Association announced Wednesday that the US, Canada, and Mexico had beat out Morocco to play host to the 2026 sporting event, the first to be awarded to three countries and the first featuring Canada as host.

The FIFA Congress held its annual meeting the day before the start of the World Cup to vote on whether the USA -led bid or the Morocco bid will get to host the soccer tournament.

After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States chose to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017.

On Friday Russian state news agency RIA cited a diplomatic source as saying Moscow and Washington were discussing a possible meeting between Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump. But in the modern world, commercial clout and the promise of safe, sophistated infrastructure invariably carry more weight than passion and legacy - as Morocco seem likely to find to their cost when the race to stage the 2026 World Cup reaches its denouement tomorrow.

Morocco have now failed with five bids to hold the World Cup and are unlikely now to have the financial means to put together another bid for the foreseeable future.

Just to add to the complexity, there was a third option for all voters: neither Morocco or United and we would have had to start a new bidding process.

Whether FIFA also extends this courtesy to Mexico and Canada - the latter a relative nonentity in global soccer that has qualified for just one World Cup in 1986 - remains to be seen.

Vancouver, which hosted the 2015 Women's World Cup final, will not be participating in the 2026 bid.

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

Anxious that rivals might try to turn the vote into a referendum on Trump, who is deeply unpopular in many parts of the world, organizers of the North American bid took pains to dissociate their efforts from politics.

So Morocco concentrated its pitch on the country's undisputed passion for football, the notion that Africa deserves another World Cup after South Africa 2010, its far more compact offering and Euro-friendly time zone.

Canada's only appearance at the World Cup came in 1986 when it loss all three of its games and crashed out in the first round.

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. Canada and Mexico would each host 10 games. That remains the only World Cup the Canadian men have ever qualified for.

The Indian team was used to playing a game for 70 minutes, whereas the World Cup rules stated that the matches were 90 minutes each.

Three Canadian cities - Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto - could potentially host matches. Elsewhere in the region, Philadelphia is also under consideration for the 2026 competition, as are Boston and Cincinnati.

The 2018 World Cup matches will be held in 11 cities and 12 stadiums: Moscow, St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Samara, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad and Sochi.


Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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