FIFA World Cup 2026 to be held in USA, Canada and Mexico

Arnold Nichols
June 15, 2018

The 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams playing a total of 80 games - 60 are planned in the United States and 10 each in Canada and Mexico.

The president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa, stated, "Morocco is pleased to have presented a solid bid where football is at the centre of an authentic, profitable FIFA World Cup with a strong legacy".

"I was sad when the victor was announced", said former Moroccan footballer Abdelkrim El Hadrioui.

As nice as it is to travel and experience new countries, having the tournament come to our own backyard is a chance that simply can not be missed, especially considering it will be held in three separate countries for the first time in the history of the World Cup.

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The North American bid beat the rival Morocco proposal, winning 134 votes to 65 for Morocco.

"We are grateful for the chance to bring to life FIFA's new vision for the future of football", said Decio de Maria, President of Mexico Football Federation and Co‐Chair of the United Bid. "This is an incredible, and incredibly important, the moment for football in North America and beyond", said Carlos Cordeiro, the president of USA football was quoted as saying by ESPN. Leaders of the Morocco bid said they expected an African tournament to generate $5 billion in revenue. Late switchers included the Netherlands - which backed the Morocco bid - and South Africa, which supported the US-led bid.

Morocco's presentation took some not-so-subtle shots at the USA, highlighting the fact that guns are banned in Morocco and stating that during the 1994 World Cup even world-renowned soccer stars were unknown in America.

The United Bid offers FIFA and its 211 Member Associations unity, certainty, and opportunity as they prepare to host the largest FIFA World CupTM in history, which will be expanded to a 48‐team format. The U.S. team did not qualify for this year's World Cup, which begins Thursday in Russian Federation.

According to the United Bid, FIFA will decide the host cities in 2020 or 2021. He said it was too early to put a price tag on the upgrades.

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