Canada-Mexico to host World Cup 2026

US, Mexico, Canada to host FIFA 2026 World Cup

But with the tournament expanding from 32 to 48 teams in 2026, tripling the hosts would not cause as many ripples.

There will be 16 host cities split between the U.S. (10), Canada (three), and Mexico (three). That's the spirit of the World Cup, the lovely game transcends borders and cultures.

"Football today is the only victor", said U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro. The vote was 134 for North America to 65 for Morocco. There was one abstention.

Morocco have now failed with five bids to hold the World Cup and are unlikely now to have the financial means to put together another bid for the foreseeable future.

The 2026 World Cup will head to North America for the fourth time and will be the first with 48 teams taking part.

"They have made a decision among themselves but ultimately it will be up to FIFA to decide", FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters Wednesday. That includes Adidas AG, Dalian Wanda Group, and Coca-Cola Co. The two highest-ranked teams according to FIFA's rankings will receive byes, while the other four will play knockout games.

Sixty matches will take place in the USA, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each. All of the proposed stadiums exist already. Morocco's bid garnered a score of 2.7, along with a stark warning from the inspection team that "the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality can not be overstated".

But these votes are often about much more than stadiums, infrastructure and even profit.

This was also the first time that every Federation Internationale de Football Association member nation apart from the four nations involved in the bids was given a vote on the issue.

Large votes are often swayed by small concessions promised to the right number of smaller nations or by regional biases.

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The event has since been moved to November to avoid Qatar's blistering summer temperatures, bribery accusations abound, and potential human rights violations at the stadium sites have caused outrage from the worldwide community.

The North America bid was led by two key points.

So Morocco concentrated its pitch on the country's undisputed passion for football, the notion that Africa deserves another World Cup after South Africa 2010, its far more compact offering and Euro-friendly time zone.

The country has competed in just one World Cup in its history, qualifying for the 1986 tournament and failing to collect a single point from three matches.

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

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

"Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport", Cordeiro said.

Although it will be the first tournament to be hosted by three nations, the vast majority of games will be held in the Unites States.

Brazil's Pele is the only player to win three World Cups: in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

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