United States, Mexico & Canada Bid Wins Vote For 2026 World Cup


Philadelphia joins Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington as potential USA host cities.

The head of every football federation will select the host in a public vote at the 68th FIFA national congress in Moscow.

The vote came on an eventful final day before the kick off of the 2018 tournament on Thursday with an opening match between hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

Of the 80 games, 10 matches will be held in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the U.S. with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets.

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup as Morocco lose out
US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup: FIFA vote

Highlights of the bid included promising $11 billion in profit on more than $14 billion in revenue and an already strong infrastructure for hosting.

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Delegates had been faced with a clear choice - the joint North American bid boasts modern, established stadiums and well-developed transport links underpinned by Mexican football fervour.

Both Mexico (1970 and 1986) and the United States (1994) have previously hosted World Cups. "Congratulations - a great deal of hard work!"

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The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside NY is proposed for the final.

In contrast, the USA-Canada-Mexico bid spans the entire North American continent, and could present host cities that are the farthest apart in the history of the competition that began in 1930.

"FIFA was clinically dead as an organization", Infantino said, reflecting on his election in 2016.

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Morocco's bid, for example, received vocal support from France and a large contingent of Middle Eastern and North African nations.

This is the fifth time the African country have bid to host the world's biggest football tournament.

While Ghana's former FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has been handed a 90-day Fifa ban following corruption allegations, the country's government is on the verge of dissolving the association, with two GFA officials barred from travelling to attend the congress in Russian Federation.

The 1994 World Cup, staged by the United States, had the highest average attendance in the tournament's history, while Mexico was the first nation to host the event twice.

There is also a chance to send a seventh team via an inter-continental playoff.

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For Morocco, there was only disappointment after previously unsuccessful bids in 1994 - when the North African nation also lost to the United States - in 1998, 2006 and 2010.