North America will host the World Cup in 2026

Morocco Will Complete 2026 World Cup Infrastructure Projects Despite Defeat

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup as Morocco lose out

Nations at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow backed North America's joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

"It's up to CONCACAF to look into that and see how they want to organize their qualification for this and have a discussion about that in the weeks to come", Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino said.

The 2026 World Cup is expected to be the first tournament to feature an expanded 48 teams, following FIFA's expansion from 32 participating teams.

Of the 80 games, 10 matches will be held in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the US with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets. The lovely game transcends borders and cultures.

"Football today is the only victor". The North American bid won 134 to 65, according to ESPN FC. There was one abstention.

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.

The World Cup is returning to North American soil.

Reports have stated that Trump has been lobbying in the background, with letters being sent to Fifa officials, including the head of football's governing body, Gianni Infantino.

There is also a chance to send a seventh team via an inter-continental playoff. That includes Adidas AG, Dalian Wanda Group, and Coca-Cola Co. Canada, Mexico and the US are home to a combined 491 million people and two of the world's biggest media markets.

An optimistic promise of delivering $14 billion in revenue helped sway voters, along with the lack of major construction work required on the 16 planned stadiums, all of which already exist. The north African nation would have to build numerous stadiums required for the event. It was a veiled threat to withhold US support from countries opposing the bid.

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 global community.

"The people of North America have always welcomed me".

A giant screen displays the logo of Morocco 2026 before a press conference to promote Morocco's bib for the 2026 soccer World Cup in Casablanca. The 2026 tournament will be the first hosted by multiple countries since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

If we're spitballing, it's hard to imagine the United States being forced to qualify for a World Cup in which it's the predominant host.

Typically, the host nation gets an automatic berth in the World Cup.

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. And my dream is to some day compete in the World Cup, maybe even in my home town of Edmonton. Canada qualified once, in 1986.

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