North America will host the World Cup in 2026

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup as Morocco lose out

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The Associated Press reports that FIFA's member associations voted 134 to 65, with one no-vote, Wednesday in favour of the joint North American bid by Canada, the USA and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup men's soccer tournament over that of Morocco.

Canada will host men's World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986.

Branded United 2026, the North American bid's venues would be selected from among a total 23 stadiums that exist or already are under construction, including three each in Mexico and Canada.

Previously, the awarding of hosting rights fell in the hands of the Fifa executive committee but the controversial awarding of hosting rights Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 prompted a change in procedure where all Fifa members vote.

While Trump has been feuding with Canadian leaders over tariffs and Mexico about his proposed border wall, the political leaders are not heavily involved in the World Cup bid. That means the 31-member Caribbean federation has three times the voting power of South America, which includes soccer powers Brazil and Argentina.

Meanwhile, Ghana's absence comes as a blow to Morocco who had won the support of Ghana over joint bidders United States, Mexico and Canada.

"Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege, the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026", an emotional U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on stage after the vote.

The joint North American bid was considered a heavy favorite from the outset and earned high marks from FIFA's bid evaluators because it will, in theory, require less construction and lower costs than the Moroccan bid, which carried an estimated price tag above $15 billion.

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More details have emerged about how countries voted for the host of the 2026 football World Cup.

The World Cup hosts have never been beaten in the opening match.

"It's a watershed moment for our country and for our sport", said Peter Montopoli, general secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association and Canada's bid director.

The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside NY - home of the NFL's Giants and Jets - is proposed for the final.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first competition where 48 nations will compete in the tournament, which is the biggest in the footballing world. "Congratulations - a great deal of hard work!"

"It just made a lot of sense to accommodate and expand a tournament have all three countries host and really kind of spread the football love all around North America", Shanks added.

Of the 211 Fifa member nations, 200 cast a vote at the 68th Fifa Congress in Moscow on Wednesday, with the winners needing a majority of 104.

"It's up to CONCACAF to look into that and see how they want to organize their qualification for this and have a discussion about that in the weeks to come", Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino said.

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