US, Canada, Mexico joint World Cup bid charms Zim

David Beckham thinks a World Cup in North America would be an 'incredible' event

David Beckham backs 'very exciting' US-led bid for 2026 World Cup as Moscow vote edges closer

A request from Morocco 2026 to present their bid in front of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has reportedly been refused by the governing body as Zimbabwe and Namibia became the latest African countries to claim they will vote for United 2026.

The representative of the joint bid who arrived in the country on Monday were scheduled to meet Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo and Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Kazembe Kazembe.

FIFA's president indicated Monday that the 2022 World Cup can not be expanded to 48 teams without agreement from hosts Qatar, while backing further study of the "interesting" proposal.

Beckham said the game had grown enormously in the the last decade and added: "If it does happen I know, as a fan, I will be going to that World Cup".

All three countries are members of the CONCACAF, US soccer the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol.

Qatar officials congratulated the guest delegation as the Morocco World Cup bid was approved to enter the final vote, which will be taking place on June 13 at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow.

The United States hosted the tournament in 1994 and bid unsuccessfully for 2022, while Mexico staged the 1970 and 1986 tournaments.

Grindel conceded, however, that the reports from the FIFA Evaluation Task Force - which cleared both bids to proceed to the FIFA Council for approval - "hands the momentum" to the United 2026 bid because the panel "sees advantages in the areas of stadium, transport as well as ticketing and hospitality".

"As such we are filled with pride and committed to make it the best ever". And don't get me started on Mexico - there are not many nations that are as passionate as Mexico.

Speaking before the 2018 edition kicks off in Russian Federation next week, he did not categorically say Qatar has the right to veto an enlarged 2022 tournament if Fifa voters decide in favour of an expansion. "We are looking forward to that day" he said.

"They have been awarded a World Cup with 32 teams and that is how it is", he said.

The 2026 tournament will be the first of the expanded format.

Infantino told reporters from news agencies that it was premature to talk of a 48-team tournament in Qatar, which he stressed would have to be consulted first, and said he had no idea whether Iran could be a co-host.

The top two teams from each group will then advance to a 32-team knockout stage. It has also hosted the 2014 Under 20 Women's World Cup, the 2007 Under 20 Men's World Cup, and the 1997 Under 16 Men's World Cup (now a Under 17 event).

It would also be the first finals held in North America since the United States hosted the 1994 tournament.

"I went to a couple of games the last time America hosted the World Cup [in 1994], and it was incredible".

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