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

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

The "United Bid" won the vote 134-65 over Morocco during a special congressional meeting where every single member nation of Federation Internationale de Football Association, excluding the four potential host countries, cast a ballot. The U.S. proposed to host 60 out of the 80 matches, leaving Canada and Mexico with 10 fixtures each.

In a historic vote held in Moscow on Wednesday, the "United Bid" of Canada, Mexico and the United States beat out Morocco to win the right to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, marking the first time that worldwide soccer's marquee event will touch down on Canadian soil.

The 2018 World Cup opening match and final will be played in Moscow at the Luzhniki stadium.

The tournament will mark the first time a World Cup has been shared by three host nations.

With the successful bid, the men's World Cup will be coming to Canada for the first time.

Canada and the United States did not qualify for the tournament.

Sixty matches will take place in the USA, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each.


The joint bid had been the front-runner for the 48-team tournament 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.

Over the past ten months, FIFA Legends, 2018 FIFA World Cup ambassadors and prominent figures around the world have provided valuable support with the organisation of the tour.

Of the 211 Fifa member nations, 200 cast a vote at the 68th Fifa Congress in Moscow on Wednesday, with the winning bid needing a majority of 104.

Russian organizers say they expect World Cup spending to exceed $11 billion, though that tally does not include undisclosed spending on some of the new city infrastructure and stadiums that will be used during the event.

In 2010, the US was a finalist to host the 2020 World Cup but lost to Qatar in a vote that was later discredited - but not reversed - because of widespread corruption in FIFA's ranks.

He was suspended in December 2015 for eight years, later reduced to six, after an investigation carried out by FIFA's ethics committee.

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