World Cup 2026 awarded to USA, Canada and Mexico

Doug Mendoza
June 13, 2018

In a vote Wednesday at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, member associations voted in favour of the North American bid over that of Morocco.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament played in the expanded 48-team format, up from the current 32 countries. "Football today is the only victor, and in that spirit, we wish our Russian hosts and all the teams participating here this month, the very best of luck". "At the end of the day, we are all united in football. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege".

Edmontonian Alphonso Davies, 17, was the first to speak in the United Bid's final presentation to the FIFA Congress prior to the vote.

Three US territories - Guam, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico - were among the other member nations to not vote. The Trophy Tour has been a great platform to get the entire world and the host country excited for the 2018 FIFA World Cup that kicks off in less than one week. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015.

Guess who will be attending the Fifa World Cup as a personal guest of Vladimir Putin? Canada and Mexico are expected to each play host to 10 games.

USA's hosting of the World Cup in 1994 still holds the record for the biggest attendance across a tournament, despite the fact that tournaments since have included more games.

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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 victor".

Morocco Federation: "I wish to congratulate Fifa for the conduct of this process and congratulate the president for what he has done in order to move things towards more transparency and more inclusion".

In rating the risk assessment of both bidders, with grades of low-, medium- and high-risk, FIFA's own bid evaluation report gave Morocco three high-risk grades (stadiums, accommodation, and accommodation and transport), 10 medium and seven low.

And it has already succeeded in changing the conversation away from "How could the United States miss the World Cup?" to "What can be done to make the most out of the 2026 World Cup?"

With Russia hosting in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, no countries from either Europe or Asia were allowed to bid for the 2026 tournament.

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