US, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

US, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

US, Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, seeing off the bid of Morocco in a FIFA ballot this morning.

The vote took place in Moscow at the conclusion of the 68th FIFA Congress, taking place on the eve of World Cup 2018 in Russia. The 2022 edition will be held in Qatar.

The joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States has been the front-runner from the moment a North American coalition was first mooted two years ago, and there have been spells when it has looked like the only credible candidate.

The joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States has been the front-runner from the moment a North American coalition was first mooted two years ago, and there have been spells when it has looked like the only credible candidate.

But Morocco, bidding for a fifth time, had closed the gap on ‘United 2026’ to the point that nobody in Moscow wanted to make a public prediction ahead of the vote at the FIFA Congress, where 207 member associations, minus the four bidding nations, cast their ballots.

The final vote however went 134 to 65 in favour of the US, Canada and Mexico bid.

The 2026 World Cup will be expanded to 48 teams in 16 groups of three and will consist of 80 games in total.

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