United States, Canada and Mexico awarded 2026 World Cup

Mail Online | 6/14/2018 | Rob Harris;Graham Dunbar, Associated Press
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North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

The football showpiece will return to the US for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

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All three host nations are expected to be given a free pass to the tournament's group stages, though this has yet to be confirmed by FIFA.

Mexico are the only one of the three to have secured passage to this summer's edition while Canada have never even scored a World Cup goal.

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The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA's elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010.

The US 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. The US is set to host all games from the quarter-finals onward.

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'Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026,' Carlos Cordiero, president of the US Soccer Federation told Congress.

'Football today is the only winner.

'We - FIFA - Member - Associations - CONCACAF

'We are very excited and humbled that the FIFA Member Associations have entrusted the CONCACAF region with the honour of hosting the 2026 World Cup in its new extended format,' CONCACAF said in a statement.

'Each of the United Bid's 23 proposed stadiums are fully built, occupied, and operational, ensuring long-term use following the 2026 World Cup.'

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Decio de Maria, President of Mexico Football Federation and Co-Chair of the United Bid, said: 'We are grateful for the chance to bring to life FIFA's new vision for the future of...
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