U.S., Canada & Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

  • U.S., Canada & Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

U.S., Canada & Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

Federation Internationale de Football Association member delegations, voting Wednesday during their 68 Congress in Moscow, chose the so-called United Bid over a rival proposal from Morocco.

The FIFA Congress held its annual meeting the day before the start of the World Cup to vote on whether the US -led bid or the Morocco bid will get to host the soccer tournament.

"On behalf of our United bid, thank you so, so much for this incredible honour", an emotional U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on the Congress stage.

"Football today is the only victor".

Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium fared well in FIFA's assessment of potential game venues, and the city is considered the favorite to host the World Cup Team Workshop, which brings together delegations from all 48 competing nations for a pretournament introduction to the World Cup's organization.

On Wednesday morning in Moscow, Russia, the 68th FIFA Congress awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup to the United North American bid, submitted by Canada, the United States and Mexico. It will be the first World Cup since the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan in which multiple countries will host. Citing a number of high-profile sponsors dropping FIFA, London newspaper The Independent reported that FIFA's 2018 World Cup sponsorship revenues were down $240 million.

The only team to have won the finals before are four-time champions Italy, who failed to qualify from UEFA's play-offs after finishing behind Spain in their group.

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. Canada, Mexico and the USA are home to a combined 491 million people and two of the world's biggest media markets.

Toronto, along with Montreal and Edmonton, could host three or four games in the tournament's knockout round.

Now that the months of hard yards and near-permanent politicking are out of the way, the really difficult part begins for the North American team - preparing for the biggest World Cup in history.

To cut down on travel, the US -led bid proposed having teams play all their games in the same regional areas. "The men's World Cup will take this country to a place it's never been before".

The 82-year-old's attendance at the World Cup could put him in close proximity to his successor, Gianni Infantino, who has sought to draw a line under past scandals.

"We cast our vote for the "United" bid as we believe the independent technical assessment made its advantages very clear".

Nine of the 14 stadiums included in Morocco's bid were yet to be built, while the remaining five required "significant renovation or upgrading".