USA, Canada and Mexico to host football World Cup 2026

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Federation Internationale de Football Association is scheduled to hold a vote to see if it will allow 48 teams to play in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. "Categorically, nobody", Cordeiro said.

Every one of FIFA's 200-plus members holds a single vote, and regions tend to vote in blocks.

Trump, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Trudeau all took to Twitter to post their reactions to the news.

Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, in 1970 and 1986. "Congratulations - a great deal of hard work", Trump wrote.

"In 1994 in the United States, you would go out onto the street and nobody knew who Diego Maradona was", he said.

The Moroccans were seeking to bring the World Cup to northern Africa for the first time.

US soccer fans cheer.

That suggests that North American bid leaders' promises to deliver a record $11 billion profit for the 2026 tournament are feasible. Hosting World Cups and Olympic Games is openly a politicians' prestige-burnishing project now, not only for Russia's president Vladimir Putin or Qatar's Emir, seeking soft power from hosting in 2022.

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It's massive news for the sport in North America, where it continues to grow, especially in the United States.

The vote means that the World Cup will come to the United States for the first time since 1994, amid growing interest in soccer.

Although it will be the first World Cup to be hosted by three countries, most matches will be played in the United States. As part of the joint bid, Trump pledged that those traveling to the United States for the tournament would not be subject to stringent visa restrictions.

It's not yet clear whether the US, Canada and Mexico will all automatically qualify for the 2026 World Cup or if they'll have to compete with other Concacaf countries for a spot.

In making its case to voting members, the North American bid accentuated the quantity and quality of available stadiums, experience in staging major events and the infrastructure necessary to transport and house tens of thousands of visiting fans. Rubiales was supposed to be at the FIFA Congress to vote on the 2026 bid, but flew out to Spain's training base at Krasnodar to fire his manager. Hosting rights for previous World Cups had been awarded by what was then a 24-person FIFA Executive Committee.

With its fifth attempt to host, Morocco was hoping to be the second African country to host this far-reaching tournament.

The "United" bid, that will see 60 of the tournament's games held in the USA, with Canada and Mexico getting 10 each, beat out the underdog campaign of Morocco to bring soccer's biggest show back to American soil.

Added Reed: "In our country of Canada we've got three wonderful host cities that have had great success in the past in hosting worldwide sporting events, including the [2015] Women's World Cup, [2014] Women's Under-20 World Cup, [2007] Men's Under-20 World Cup".

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