North America wins 2026 World Cup; MetLife proposed for final

North America wins 2026 World Cup; MetLife proposed for final

"We look forward to having the 2026 FIFA World Cup played in Canadian stadiums, and we are even more excited at the possibility of having CPL athletes playing on the world's biggest stage on home soil".

Canada, Mexico and the US will host the 2026 World Cup after being awarded the tournament by the Federation Internationale de Football Association committee in Moscow today.

The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco.

A giant screen displays the logo of Morocco 2026 before a press conference to promote Morocco's bib for the 2026 soccer World Cup in Casablanca.

Under the current blueprint, the US would host the lion's share of games with 60, compared to 10 each for Canada (with Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto serving as host cities) and Mexico.

U.S. Soccer has spent the past decade-plus trying to return the World Cup to this country for the first time since 1994. The country hosted in 1970, but it also hosted in 1986 after it was originally awarded to Colombia, who couldn't host for economic reasons.

Next, FIFA's evaluation task force raised serious doubts about Morocco's capacity to host the World Cup.

Canada will host men's World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since 1986.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.

"We will not be ideal but we are looking for uniformity and consistency - but it can not be 100 per cent", said Massimo Busacca, FIFA's head of refereeing.

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Canada, Mexico, Morocco and the USA were exempt, while Ghana was absent after the country's government said it had disbanded its football association amid allegations of "widespread" corruption. Canada has never held the competition, but it did host the 2015 Women's World Cup.

The 2026 installment will see the World Cup expand from 32 to 46 teams with the bloated format seeing a total of 80 games take place.

The United States, Canada and Mexico were expected to qualify automatically for the tournament as has been the tradition for all World Cup host nations.

"Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honour".

There were some concerns ahead of Wednesday's vote that anti-U.S. sentiment around the world, fuelled by President Donald Trump, would hurt the "United Bid".

The bid received assurances from the White House that, despite tighter immigration measures proposed by the Trump administration, fans from all parts of the world with proper documentation would be able to attend the tournament.

However, Nigeria's relationship with Morocco has improved over the years leading to a first presidential visit by a Nigerian leader to the North African country. "Together-in partnership with our Candidate Host Cities, the Member Associations, and FIFA-we will use this platform to unite the world around football and help create a new and sustainable blueprint for the future of FIFA World CupsTM". Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are in the running to be among the 16 host cities.

Cordeiro has said his bid would generate $14 billion in revenue and make an $11 billion profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association. The bid also expects record ticket and hospitality revenue.

"I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country to continue to work for football and realise one day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".

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