United States, Canada and Mexico awarded 2026 World Cup
United States, Canada and Mexico awarded 2026 World Cup
US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup as Morocco lose out
13 June, 2018, 19:01
FIFA's member associations voted 134 to 65, with one no-vote, Wednesday in favour of the joint North American bid by Canada, the US and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup over that of Morocco at the FIFA Congress in Moscow.
It is limited to 15 minutes, with bidding rival Morocco to follow at the Moscow Expocentre.
That would bring each of FIFA's 211 members $50 million. "'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". "It's not only about our sport and sports, it's building a nation, it's a nation-builder". Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup, though it was the site of the 2015 Women's World Cup.
The Pharaohs fell in an arguably reasonable group, in their first World Cup appearance since 1990, alongside Uruguay, the hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia. The US will see the majority of the action, however, hosting 60 of 80 matches, including the final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, per the New York Times.
Traditionally, the opening day has featured one game involving the tournament host. The country hosted in 1970, but it also hosted in 1986 after it was originally awarded to Colombia, who couldn't host for economic reasons.
Both bidders then made final presentations to Uefa members on Tuesday. "They are clever enough to decide on their own", he told reporters after his confederation hosted both candidates.
Many expected the bid to go to the joint bidders as they were the lower-risk choice.
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.
Each of the United Bid's 23 proposed stadiums are fully built, occupied, and operational, ensuring long‐ term use following the 2026 FIFA World CupTM.
Anxious that rivals might try to turn the vote into a referendum on Trump, who is deeply unpopular in many parts of the world, organizers of the North American bid took pains to dissociate their efforts from politics.
Hard numbers aside, it is a vote with Gibraltar having the same say as China. After President Donald Trump tweeted in April questioning whether the US should "support" countries who didn't back the United bid, Federation Internationale de Football Association was forced to issue a statement reminding the USA of its rules on political involvement in World Cup bids.
Montopoli, speaking for the Canadian portion of the bid, said only that they had the government guarantees they had required. Canada, Mexico and the US are home to a combined 491 million people and two of the world's biggest media markets.
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