Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
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US, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

US, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

The US, Mexico and Canada received 134 votes (67 percent) with the Morocco bid earning 65 votes.

US Soccer: "Hosting the 2026 Fifa World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport". For the first time in history, FIFA's Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the tournament.

While host nations have traditionally been granted automatic qualification for the World Cup, the decision to give automatic berths to Canada, Mexico and the US will be made by the FIFA Council in the future along with details for the rest of the qualifying process in the rest of the world.

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. Mexico played host to the 1970 and 1986 World Cup.

He had told the congress earlier that he expected a great tournament from a great host, expressing gratitude to all sides involved in Russian Federation "to celebrate the most handsome event the world has ever seen".

Five times they have bid, and five times they have been overlooked - Morocco are perhaps destined to never host a World Cup.

In qualification for the 2018 World Cup, the US surprisingly finished fifth in a group of six countries in the fifth round of qualification, only ahead of Trinidad & Tobago. With a handful of games in Mexico and Canada but the majority in the USA, the 2026 bid promises the richest and most lucrative tournament in the history of global soccer.

The "United Bid" calls for the host 60 matches, including all games from the quarter-finals through to the final.

"We see very limited economic impact at the national level given the limited duration of the World Cup and the very large size of the country's economy", Moody's analysts said in a report last May, adding that the expected boost to tourism "will likely be short-lived".

Morocco, on the other hand, promised a "European" World Cup in Africa, playing on the north African nation's proximity to Europe. It's not clear how that would work with three countries as co-hosts.

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. The U.S. failed to qualify in 2018.

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.

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