US, Canada, and Mexico win bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

United 2026 Wins Rights to Host FIFA 2026 World Cup

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"Hosting a FIFA World Cup™ is an extraordinary honor and privilege", said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid. Canada has never held the competition, but it did host the 2015 Women's World Cup.

The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco.

The 2018 edition of the World Cup kicks off in Moscow on Thursday, when hosts Russian Federation play Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium. Then there will be a bit more hand-shaking and late-night lobbying before Wednesday's decision, where - assuming all eligible nations cast a vote - the magic number for victory is 104 votes. The White House provided U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro with three separate letters that Cordeiro showed to delegates, containing guarantees from Trump that any immigration policies relating to predominantly Muslim countries would impose no restriction affecting the tournament.

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

The joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States has been the front-runner from the moment a coalition was first mooted two years ago, but their opponents Morocco have closed the gap.

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The United States won't play a match in the 2018 World Cup, but it will play host to a flurry of them within the next decade. "Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege", Carlos Cordeiro, the president of U.S. Soccer, said after the decision was announced at a Federation Internationale de Football Association meeting in Moscow.

Meanwhile, the World Cup will return to the USA for the first time since 1994.

"US President Donald Trump has disparaged Mexicans and wants to build a wall along the US-Mexico border".

The win also gives Canadian national team an automatic berth into the 2026 tournament. FIFA's bid evaluation report scored it significantly higher than the Morocco bid, with United 2026 earning a score of 4.0 out of five, while Morocco scored 2.7, and the voters responded.

The outcome of the vote had been expected, despite a tightening of the race in recent days. In addition, the United Bid has 150 existing world-class training facilities, millions of hotel rooms, and advanced infrastructure.

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Four further associations will not vote, as Press Association Sport understands Morocco has got its way after asking FIFA to stop US overseas territories American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands from taking part.

In April, Trump had earlier courted controversy with comments made about the vote.

Trump had tweeted threats that if countries did not support the North American bid, they could not expect United States support on other issues. "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?"

Morocco's bid hadn't been without its problems either.

The North American bid got 17 low-risk assessments and three medium (organizing cost, legal-government support, and human rights and labour standards). "There is no reason not to do that at the next World Cup", he said.

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