U.S., Canada and Mexico to Host World Cup in 2026

Grant SmithJun 14, 2018

Decio de Maria, President of the Football Association of Mexico, left, and Canadian soccer player Alphonso Davies, right, present a joint United bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the 2026 World Cup at the FIFA congress in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

For the first time in more than 30 years, the US men's national soccer team will not compete, after failing to qualify. United States of America will regroup in the coming years and attempt to clinch a spot in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar before turning its attention to home pursuits.

After the US men's national team missed out on qualifying for this summer's tournament, which kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday, the news of the successful bid was a boost to frustrated American soccer fans.

"On behalf of our United Bid, thank you so so very much for this incredible honor", U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said after the vote was announced.

It will also be celebrated in football-crazy Mexico, which hosted the World Cup in 1970 and in 1986 - the tournament remembered for Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal.

The United bid will, however, be of huge appeal to the Federation Internationale de Football Association bean-counters as the bid team claims the ability to generate a projected profit of more than £8 billion for the governing body.

Mwendwa's stance implies the likes of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Benin, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Mozambique, Botswana, Cape Verde and Lesotho all went against a gentleman's agreement to vote for the North American bid.

It will be the first time since 1994 that the USA will have hosted the monthlong soccer extravaganza, and will come two years before Los Angeles welcomes back the 2028 Summer Olympics.

But which cities and stadiums will host games at the tournament is still being determined.

Success for the US-led bid was based on the promise of an $11 billion windfall for the global game with 17 stadiums already ready for the biggest single sports event in the world.

The 48-team format will increase the number of games from 64 to 80 over 34 days.

Iveson said host cities need between about $30 to $50 million to cover transportation and security costs and other improvement, and that he is looking for provincial money to help support that bid.

Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal were the three Canadian cities designated in the bid to possibly host games in the 2026 tournament, which is expanding to 48 team, up from the current 32-team format.

Upon being awarded with the World Cup, the United 2026 organizing committee unveiled 23 finalists to be among the 16 host cities.

Social media exploded after several reports, including one in the New York Times, said Wednesday that MetLife Stadium is hosting the final.

Morocco FA president Fouzi Lekjaa said: "I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country, Morocco, to continue to work for football, to work for the youth and also to realise some day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".

FIFA President Gianni Infantino addressing Congress during the voting.

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