US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup finals

N'golo Kante

N'golo Kante right in the Russia v France game in Saint Petersburg on 27

The United States, Mexico and Canada will host soccer's biggest event in 2026.

Saudi Arabia is making its first appearance that the World Cup since 2006 after not qualifying for the 2010 and 2014 tournament. And given that the 2026 tournament will be the first to host 48 teams-16 more than traditionally, infrastructure was a crucial factor.

Morocco was counting on the strong support of African countries but it seems the ten nations defied the continental solidarity and voted otherwise.

It marks the fifth time the North African country has failed to secure the right to host the global football tournament.

"Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honour". This came in response to an invitation from President Vladimir Putin.

"The lovely game transcends borders and cultures".

The 2018 tournament kicks off in Russian Federation on Thursday and the 2022 World Cup will be hosted by Qatar. Football today is the only victor.

Chief among those is US President Donald Trump, whose "America First" approach might score well with his electoral base but may have made the United bid's task harder than it could ever have imagined.

The United bid will, however, be of huge appeal to the Federation Internationale de Football Association bean-counters as the bid team claims the ability to generate a projected profit of more than £8 billion for the governing body.

Morocco has largely avoided competing with the North Americans in a dash for cash. Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington are all possible locations for USA games, with Canada's taking place in Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto, and Mexico's potential host cities being Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey.

While Canada has never hosted-or even qualified for-the men's World Cup, it can count on its more experienced co-hosts and current NAFTA partners.

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