USA's joint bid wins right to host '26 World Cup

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A joint bid from Concacaf member associations - the United States, Mexico and Canada, won the voting for hosting right of the first 48-team World Cup in 2026 at the 68th Fifa annual congress in Moscow on Wednesday, June 13.

Morocco eventually had ended up scoring only 2.7 out of five in the Federation Internationale de Football Association test while the joint American bid scored four.

A total of 80 games will be played with 60 planned in the United States and 10 each in Canada and Mexico with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to National Football League teams New York Giants and New York Jets.

But compared to North America, Morocco's bid exists largely on paper - many stadiums and roads would have to be built and critics question how it would cope with the 2026 tournament, which will be expanded to 48 teams from the 32 that are taking part in 2018. The White House provided U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro with three separate letters that Cordeiro showed to delegates, containing guarantees from Trump that any immigration policies relating to predominantly Muslim countries would impose no restriction affecting the tournament.

Russian Federation is holding the 2018 tournament, which happens every four years, and we already know that Qatar are hosting the next one in 2022.

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.

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Morocco has tried, and failed, four times before, in votes for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 tournaments - it lost out in the latter to South Africa, the only African nation ever to have hosted football's global showpiece. "At the end of the day, we are all united in football".

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United 2026, in an effort to dispel the notion that is largely a USA campaign, replaced chairman Sunil Gulati, former president of the United States Soccer Federation, with co-chairs from each of the three nations.

This time around, FIFA's entire membership will get to vote on the host for the 2026 World Cup.

Want smart World Cup analysis, opinions, viewing guides and more? It's already been confirmed that Toronto will host four out of ten games, and Edmonton and Montreal will each host three.

The United States would stage 60 games, and MetLife Stadium in suburban New York City is proposed for the final. This "one vote per nation" system makes it much harder for corruption to take place in the voting process. Hosting rights for previous World Cups had been awarded by what was then a 24-person FIFA Executive Committee.

The North American victory suggests football officials are ready to gather for a World Cup in a country whose government has demonstrated its willingness to jail corrupt sports leaders through undercover investigations.

"The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup". The congress is to choose the host or hosts for the 2026 World Cup.

The North American proposal had lined up high-profile backers, including soccer star David Beckham, who said that "the World Cup deserves to be in great places", and U.S. President Donald Trump, who combined support for the bid with a veiled threat to those that planned to vote for competing offers.

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