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North America beat Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

North America win vote over Morocco, host 2026 World Cup

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The United States, Canada, and Mexico will co-host the after beating a rival Morrocan bid, FIFA have announced.

This will become the fourth time that the World Cup is hosted in North America after the 1970 and 1986 tournaments which took place in Mexico, and the 1994 version which was hosted by the United States.

The North American bid defeated by a margin of 69 votes, after the USA received 134 votes compared to ’s 65, while one member voted for “neither bid.”

Egypt was one of the many African countries to support and vote for their fellow north African country.

It’s the fifth time Morocco has failed to host the tournament after 1994, 1998, 2006, and 2010, with reports claiming that they have received more votes in 2010, but South Africa was awarded the tournament instead.

Morocco world cup bid press conference

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The 2026 World Cup will be the first expanded tournament after the FIFA decided to increase the number of teams to 48 up from 32. It will also be the first time that tournament is hosted by three countries, however, the majority of the games will take place in the USA.

60 of the total 80 games will be played in the United States and 10 each in Canada and Mexico, with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, which is the home ground to NFL teams New York Giants and New York Jets.

Carlos Cordiero, president of the US Soccer Federation, told Congress: “It’s a bit emotional for us today.

“Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

“The beautiful game transcends borders and cultures. Football today is the only victor.

“And in that spirit we wish all Russian hosts and all the teams competing here the very best of luck.”

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