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Led joint bid wins right to host 2026 World Cup

13 June 2018

The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco, which has now failed in five bids to host a World Cup.

The win also gives Canadian national team an automatic berth into the 2026 tournament. "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?"

Both Mexico (1970 and 1986) and the United States (1994) have previously hosted World Cups. Canada has never held the competition, but it did host the 2015 Women's World Cup. Government officials argue the event will boost the Russian economy by as much as $31 billion over the next 10 years through increased tourism, investment and ancillary benefits.

The World Cup remains the second-biggest global sporting event after the Olympic Games and offers a ratings bonanza for broadcasters around the world.

"I go back all the way to growing up in London and my start in the game". That remains the only World Cup the Canadian men have ever qualified for.

All three hosts should get automatic places in the lineup, and each host a game on opening day.

Of the 80 games, ten matches will be held in Canada, ten in Mexico and 60 in the US with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets.

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But Morocco, bidding for a fifth time, had closed the gap on "United 2026" to the point that nobody in Moscow wanted to make a public prediction ahead of the vote at the FIFA Congress, where 207 member associations, minus the four bidding nations, cast ballots. The U.S. will host 60 of the 80 matches, including the final, scheduled for MetLife Stadium outside New York City.

The expanded 2026 men's event, featuring 48 teams for the first time, will be played in 16 different cities - 10 in the USA, plus three sites in both Canada and Mexico.

Over the past ten months, FIFA Legends, 2018 FIFA World Cup ambassadors and prominent figures around the world have provided valuable support with the organisation of the tour.

CONCACAF, whose president - Canadian Victor Montagliani - played a key role in the bid, called the vote a "monumental victory" for the confederation that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Three Canadian cities - Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto - could potentially host matches.

The Mexican candidate cities are Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey.

Led joint bid wins right to host 2026 World Cup