Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament

Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament

The Morocco 2026 World Cup bid chairman claims that the country intends to continue with planned projects despite missing out on hosting the tournament. "Football today is the only victor".

"We are grateful for the chance to bring to life FIFA's new vision for the future of football", said Decio de Maria, President of Mexico Football Federation and Co‐Chair of the United Bid. "Congratulations - a great deal of hard work!"

The "united bid" won out over Morocco, 134-65.

The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA's elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010.

Not to mention the 2026 World Cup will coincide with the 250-year anniversary of the U.S.' independence.

By contrast, Morocco appeared too hazardous as a potential host when all 14 venues had to be built or renovated as part of a $16 billion investment in new infrastructure.

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Morocco's candidacy, on the other hand was believed to be strong with support from a majority of African countries and the European confederation. FIFA's bid evaluation report scored it significantly higher than the Morocco bid, with United 2026 earning a score of 4.0 out of five, while Morocco scored 2.7, and the voters responded.

For years, North America has looked at avenues to grow its game, and while some may argue that a 48-team competition will dilute the World Cup field, for CONCACAF and the rest of the World Cup it opens up a brand-new opportunity for teams that have previously been left at the alter.

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. It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries, Goal reported.

Do Canada, Mexico and the US automatically qualify?

"Hosting a FIFA World CupTM is an extraordinary honor and privilege", said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co‐Chair of the United Bid.

The United Bid offers FIFA and its 211 Member Associations unity, certainty, and opportunity as they prepare to host the largest FIFA World CupTM in history, which will be expanded to a 48‐team format. He said it was too early to put a price tag on the upgrades.

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