Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
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Montreal to co-host 2026 World Cup

Montreal to co-host 2026 World Cup

The United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States on Wednesday morning was selected to host the 2026 World Cup by the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow. The North American bid projects US$14.3 billion in revenue compared to $7.2 billion for Morocco. An African bid, a North American bid, a South American bid and an Oceanic bid were the only possible outcomes.

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.

Team Canada player and Whitecaps forward Alphonso Davies shares his story of being welcomed with open arms by Canadians and explains that he knows the people of North America will do the same for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ if the United Bid wins the vote. With a handful of games in Mexico and Canada but the majority in the US, the 2026 bid promises the richest and most lucrative tournament in the history of global soccer.

Whether FIFA also extends this courtesy to Mexico and Canada - the latter a relative nonentity in worldwide soccer that has qualified for just one World Cup in 1986 - remains to be seen. It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries, Goal reported.

Every one of FIFA's 200-plus members holds a single vote, and regions tend to vote in blocks.

The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with 10 fixtures each.

But with the tournament expanding from 32 to 48 teams in 2026, tripling the hosts would not cause as many ripples. Mexico hosted the World Cup in 1986; Canada never has. That remains the only World Cup the Canadian men have ever qualified for. "At the end of the day, we are all united in football".

Instead of three automatic places in the tournament, six will be given by that time.

One of the most immediate and significant implications of Wednesday's result is that Canada's mens national team will play at a World Cup for the first time in nearly four decades, as all three host nations likely qualify automatically for the tournament.

FIFA's hosting selection process was revamped in the wake of recent scandals enveloping the world governing body of soccer. According to a report in the Free Press Journal, Brazil even promised to look after India's expenses during the World Cup.

However nothing eases Federation Internationale de Football Association nerves quite like money and the United team's projection of a profit of $11 billion U.S. as against Morocco's $7 billion USA likely proved to be the most crucial factor as delegates cast their votes at the ExpoCentre on the banks of the Moscow River.

Morocco has been deemed "high risk" in the above factors - including transport, accommodations and stadiums - leading the United States to outscore them ahead of the June 13 bid.

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