Led joint bid wins right to host 2026 World Cup

Tanya Simon
June 13, 2018

"We're not missing our own home World Cup".

The 2026 event will be the first expanded tournament featuring 48 teams, up from the current 32-team tournament, which begins in Russian Federation on Thursday. 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". Canada and Mexico would each host 10 games.

Allied with that unpredictability came an unpalatable presence at the heart of the United bid - U.S. President Donald Trump.

A successful North American bid would likely also give the Canadian national team an automatic berth into the 2026 tournament.

"We cast our vote for the "United" bid as we believe the independent technical assessment made its advantages very clear". "This is not geopolitics". Both Valerie Plante of Montreal and John Tory of Toronto retweeted a video of the bid team reacting to the news, with Tory adding, "We won!"

After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States chose to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017. "Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege, the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026", an emotional US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on stage after the vote.

It prompted an overhaul of the rules.

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As nice as it is to travel and experience new countries, having the tournament come to our own backyard is a chance that simply can not be missed, especially considering it will be held in three separate countries for the first time in the history of the World Cup. The two top teams from all the groups will make it to the Round of 16.

But FIFA votes are notoriously unpredictable.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino addressing Congress during the voting. "Now everyone must choose".

To cut down on travel, the US -led bid proposed having teams play all their games in the same regional areas. FIFA, soccer's global organizing body, said the Brazilian government spent roughly $15 billion on that year's event.

North American bid leaders have promised to deliver a record $11 billion profit - music to FIFA's ears.

The 2026 World Cup is coming to the United States - and Miami is expected to be one of the venues. Morocco's bid, for example, received vocal support from France and a large contingent of Middle Eastern and North African nations.

While Morocco had some key factors in its favour - its much more friendly time-zone for the key TV markets of Europe, its footballing culture and potential tournament legacy - on infrastructural and financial fronts, the United bid blew it out of the water.

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