World Cup is awarded to North America

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Gary Neville will be a part of ITV's World Cup coverage in Russia Credit PA

A united bid of the U.S., Canada and Mexico was awarded the right Wednesday to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

"Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World Cup™ in history".

Member associations voted Wednesday at the FIFA Congress in Moscow in favour of the North American bid over that of Morocco.

However, FIFA previously ruled that should the "United bid" beat out Morocco, the number of host countries to automatically qualify for the 2026 World Cup would be decided by another vote by the FIFA council sometime in the future.

The expanded format in 2026 will include 48 teams, playing a total of 80 matches.

Both bids were given a last chance to make their case with 15 minute presentations in front of congress, at the Moscow Expocentre, where the north Americans pledged their tournament would generate a $US11 billion dollar profit, while Morocco said theirs would make $US5 billion.

The biggest World Cup tournament the earth has ever seen will be held in 2026 - right here in North America.

It marks the first time the World Cup will be held in more than one country since 2002, when South Korea and Japan shared hosting duties.

Guess who will be attending the Fifa World Cup as a personal guest of Vladimir Putin? "Football today is the only victor".

After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States made a decision to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017.

Russian Federation selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara. "The 2026 World Cup is coming to Canada, the U.S. & Mexico!"

Morocco, on the other hand, promised a "European" World Cup in Africa, playing on the north African nation's proximity to Europe.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be glad to host everyone in Moscow, when asked if he would invite high-ranking USA officials.

"We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the Fifa family have put in our bid, strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the Concacaf region and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come".

But there is no more unpredictable entity in global sport than soccer's governing body, even as it loudly claims to have cleaned up its act after being engulfed in financial scandal in recent times.

The result has been a jet-setting campaign from both bids who have traveled the globe in an attempt to win over the worldwide electorate. In addition, the United bid projected to bring in $14 billion, double that of Morocco.

Hasseltine said Monday that the focus of Baltimore's bid committee would now turn to tying up "any loose ends", from potential practice venues to the creation of green spaces in the city.

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