World Cup 2026 awarded to USA, Canada and Mexico

US, Mexico, Canada to host FIFA 2026 World Cup

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

The United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States on Wednesday morning was selected to host the 2026 World Cup by the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow.

A total of 200 delegates representing every country registered with Federation Internationale de Football Association cast their vote, selecting the North American bid 134 to 65 over a bid from Morocco, with one voting for neither bid.

Morocco, which has now lost five bid campaigns, was classy in defeat - congratulating the North American winners.

US Soccer: "Hosting the 2026 Fifa World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport".

The officers, including from the 2022 World Cup host country Qatar, will rotate in and out of the 11 far-flung Russian cities where games will be held between June 14 and July 15.

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.

A total of 80 games will be played with 60 planned in the United States and 10 each in Canada and Mexico with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to National Football League teams New York Giants and New York Jets. It will be the first time since 1994 that the US will have hosted the monthlong soccer extravaganza, and will come two years before Los Angeles welcomes back the 2028 Summer Olympics. Like Canada, Japan had previously qualified for only one World Cup.

The VAR will be overseen remotely from a control room in Moscow throughout the tournament and, in a bid to control sweat levels, FIFA is insisting they forgo civilian suits and ties in favour of football shirts and shorts.

A giant screen displays the logo of Morocco 2026 before a press conference to promote Morocco's bib for the 2026 soccer World Cup in Casablanca.

The North American bid was in better shape to host the World Cup.

USA, Canada and Mexico had been considered favourites throughout the bidding process, despite some suggesting the controversial politics of American president Donald Trump could help Morocco.

Canada's only appearance at the World Cup came in 1986 when it loss all three of its games and crashed out in the first round.

Sixty matches will take place in the U.S., while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each. The U.S. failed to qualify in 2018.

There are two World Cup finals debutants this summer, Iceland and Panama, with the former faced with overcoming tournament regulars Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria, and the latter hoping to cause a major upset in Group G with Belgium, England and Tunisia.

Delegates were faced with a choice between a slick joint bid, or Morocco's offer that would have brought the tournament to Africa for a second time.

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