United States, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 World Cup
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United States, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

Morocco defeated in vote

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United States, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

Morocco defeated in vote

13 June 2018 Wednesday 14:09
United States, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

The United States, Canada, and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup after beating bid rival Morocco, FIFA has announced.

North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to the secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA's elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010.

The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each.

It is the fifth time Morocco has failed with a bid to host the tournament. The north African country claimed 33 percent of the vote.

Azania Post

Updated: 13.06.2018 16:01
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