World Cup Returning to US After North American Bid Beats Morocco

Morocco Will Complete 2026 World Cup Infrastructure Projects Despite Defeat

Morocco Will Complete 2026 World Cup Infrastructure Projects Despite Defeat

The 2026 FIFA World Cup is heading to North America after a joint bid from the United States, Canada, and Mexico defeated Morocco in a landslide vote.

A total of 200 delegates representing every country registered with Federation Internationale de Football Association cast their vote, selecting the North American bid 134 to 65 over a bid from Morocco, with one voting for neither bid.

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

Canada's games will be split between three host cities with Toronto potentially hosting four games and Montreal and Edmonton taking three each.

It's expected that Canada and Mexico will stage 10 games each with the USA hosting 60.

The wounds of 2018 may still sting for the US, but for today at least, the Yanks, El Tri and The Canucks have won in the biggest way possible. Trump will be gone from office when the tournament does take place. And it gives us eight years to tell and deliver a great story for soccer, for youth, for grassroots, for men's (soccer) alignment and for sports in general.

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Chief among those is US President Donald Trump, whose "America First" approach might score well with his electoral base but may have made the United bid's task harder than it could ever have imagined.

In March, B.C. Premier John Horgan said he was not willing to write a "blank cheque" to have Vancouver host soccer matches for the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

Arrowhead Stadium was one of 23 sites included in the joint bid's official tendering to Federation Internationale de Football Association, including 17 in the United States.

According to Yahoo, the bid called for each of the three host nations to play in the opening matches.

The World Cup is coming to Canada.

While Trump has been feuding with Canadian leaders over tariffs and Mexico about his proposed border wall, the political leaders are not heavily involved in the World Cup bid. Cordeiro, who was co-chair of the bid, spent much of his first few months in office traveling the world, lobbying. They ended up meeting some 150 national representatives. It will be the same for the 2022 tournament in Qatar. Both the United States and Canada failed to qualify for this year's World Cup.

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Morocco thinks it could but for his part UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said he was in no position to instruct his members how to vote.

"When they help us fight against corruption, of course, we are pleased", Infantino said.

Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium fared well in FIFA's assessment of potential game venues, and the city is considered the favorite to host the World Cup Team Workshop, which brings together delegations from all 48 competing nations for a pretournament introduction to the World Cup's organization. The only other time multiple countries shared the World Cup was 2002, when Japan and South Korea were given passes into the competition. Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants them to take three of the seven guaranteed qualification slots reserved for the region as host.

The Mexican candidate cities are Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey.

The World Cup will expand to 48 teams and 80 games for 2026 and the US will stage 60 of those matches.

The games will be played in 16 cities.

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Two notable absences, Chicago and Vancouver, did not agree to FIFA's requirements for hosting games and withdrew from consideration.

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