United North American bid awarded 2026 FIFA World Cup over Morocco

United North American bid awarded 2026 FIFA World Cup over Morocco

And after the shame and surprise of losing to Qatar for World Cup 2022, the U.S.is back and hosting the World Cup with Mexico and Canada along for the ride, 10 games each.

The announcement was made on Wednesday morning at the 68th FIFA Congress, just one day before the opening of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The 2026 World Cup will head to North America for the fourth time and will be the first with 48 teams taking part. Their lone opponent was Morocco.

On Wednesday morning in Moscow, Russia, the 68th FIFA Congress awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup to the United North American bid, submitted by Canada, the United States and Mexico.

After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States made a decision to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017. Mexico last held the event in 1986, while the US held the World Cup in 1994. None of the US, Canada or Mexico work all that often with their AFC counterparts, but the United Bid team sensed an opportunity in the region.

In a statement Wednesday, Beare said she congratulates the United bid on its success.

The United Bid is expected to generate more than $14 billion in revenue and $11 billion in profits for FIFA, which will be shared with the 211 FIFA Member Associations, helping further develop and expand the game of football across the globe.

Earlier, US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro has said his bid would generate $14bn in revenue and make an $11bn profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association.

The 2015 Women's World Cup was played on artificial turf, prompting a human-rights complaint from a group of elite female players. Matches in Mexico will be played in Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara; games in Canada will be played in Toronto, Montreal, and Edmonton, according to Pro Soccer Talk.

The "United Bid" had been favourites from the start but Morocco's promise of a "European World Cup in Africa" was appealing to the committee.

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Arrowhead has experience with Major League Soccer events, having hosted the Kansas City Wizards - now known as Sporting Kansas City - for 12 years and the U.S. Open Cup Final in 2004. "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?"

The United States last hosted the men's World Cup in 1994. With three host countries, it would be natural to give all three host sides a Day 1 showcase.

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