U.S., Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

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U.S., Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

The 2026 World Cup will expand to 48 teams from 32, and will feature a new format of 16 round-robin groups of three teams with the top two from each pool advancing to a 32-nation knockout round. It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries, Goal reported. The U.S. will host 60 of the 80 matches, including the final, scheduled for MetLife Stadium outside New York City.

Under the North America proposal, 60 of the tournament's matches will be held in the USA, including everything from the quarterfinals onwards, while Mexico and Canada will host 10 games each. But the World Cup selection process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments (which went to Russian Federation and Qatar, respectively) was so tarnished with allegations of vote-trading and wrongdoing that FIFA changed the voting procedure. The voting of the national associations will be published at the conclusion of Congress. "Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege".

"If we get to host in 2026, that's the realization of a lifelong dream, to get back to the World Cup, and to give kids that opportunity to be inspired like I was in 1986".

Even if Trump wins re-election, his presidency will end before the 2026 World Cup.

Allied with that unpredictability came an unpalatable presence at the heart of the United bid - U.S. President Donald Trump. One was a guarantee of streamlined visas for players, officials, and the thousands of fans who will travel here.

Because Wednesday's vote is an open ballot, there has always been the concern that how a country feels politically about the United States (or Canada or Mexico or Morocco) could affect how that country's federation president chooses to vote.

Members of Fifa's World Cup bid evaluation task force said she had an undeclared family link with Morocco 2026 bid ambassador El Hadji Diouf.

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The outcome of the vote had been expected, despite a tightening of the race in recent days.

With just two bids, the trio bid (known as United 2026) was far and away the favorite. In addition, the United Bid has 150 existing world-class training facilities, millions of hotel rooms, and advanced infrastructure.

The North American bid was seen as a safer bet than Morocco, whose proposal was deemed "high risk" in several key areas.

In April, Trump caused controversy with a tweet that some interpreted as a threat.

France, in particular, has lobbied behind the scenes for French-speaking Morocco and the bid has the support of most of Africa, in line with a call from the head of the Confederation of African Football, Ahmad Ahmad. "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?" he wrote. "Our cities are ready to host today", said John Kristick, executive director of the United Bid Committee.

Morocco's bid hadn't been without its problems either.

While FIFA vice president Sandor Csanyi said Tuesday he saw "no anti-United feeling", part of the reason why a United 2026 victory is not certain stems from tensions between the member nations.

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