The United States, Mexico And Canada Will Host The 2026 World Cup

The Associated Press reports that FIFA's member associations voted 134 to 65, with one no-vote, Wednesday in favour of the joint North American bid by Canada, the USA and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup men's soccer tournament over that of Morocco.

The North American proposal had lined up high-profile backers, including soccer star David Beckham, who said that "the World Cup deserves to be in great places", and U.S. President Donald Trump, who combined support for the bid with a veiled threat to those that planned to vote for competing offers.

Edmontonian Alphonso Davies, 17, was the first to speak in the United Bid's final presentation to the FIFA Congress prior to the vote. "Football today is the only victor, and in that spirit, we wish our Russian hosts and all the teams participating here this month, the very best of luck". Instead of a small executive committee making the decision, this time it was done by a vote of FIFA's over 200 member nations.

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

Spain's Miguel Salgado, Iker Casillas and Portugal's Luis Figo, from left, chat prior to the Fifa Congress on the eve of the 2018 World Cup finals in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015.

"We may turn a blind eye to some petty offenses and to the nuances of our legislation", he said.

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.

Sixty matches will take place in the United States, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each. "There is no doubt that World Cup 2026 will elevate the sport of soccer to entirely new levels and Major League Soccer is honored to be a part of this joyous day".

Canada's games will be split between three host cities with Toronto potentially hosting four games and Montreal and Edmonton taking three each.

For years, North America has looked at avenues to grow its game, and while some may argue that a 48-team competition will dilute the World Cup field, for CONCACAF and the rest of the World Cup it opens up a brand-new opportunity for teams that have previously been left at the alter.

The 82-year-old's attendance at the World Cup could put him in close proximity to his successor, Gianni Infantino, who has sought to draw a line under past scandals.

Morocco's bid promised $5 billion in profit, but admitted needing to spend $16 billion on building stadiums and infrastructure.

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