The 2026 World Cup will be played in North America

The 2026 World Cup will be played in North America

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The joint North American bid was considered a heavy favorite from the outset and earned high marks from FIFA's bid evaluators because it will, in theory, require less construction and lower costs than the Moroccan bid, which carried an estimated price tag above $15 billion.

"If you stop and appreciate for a second just the vast number of assurances, guarantees that we had to get from all three governments working together, that is a massive undertaking for one nation, let alone three nations", Cordeiro said after the vote by the Congress of world soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association in Moscow, where the 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday.

The last time the World Cup was held in North America was 1994, in the United States. Canada and Mexico will each host 10 games.

"What can really be the legacy, whether we host matches or are just involved with this in some other grand scheme, that can make sure that Baltimore and the state of Maryland have maximized the potential of being a part of the World Cup?" "Congratulations - a great deal of hard work!"

But the result was a bitter blow for Morocco after a fifth failed bid.

There will be 48 nations represented at the tournament in eight years' time - 16 more than will take part in Russian Federation - in an attempt to increase global interest in the World Cup. Morocco had said it would need to spend $16 billion on infrastructure for the competition, including on 14 stadiums, whereas only six of North American stadiums need refurbishment.

Before the joint bid was conceived, FIFA President Gianni Infantino warned that Trump's efforts to ban immigrants and refugees from several Muslim-majority countries could derail American efforts to host the World Cup, and there had been speculation that the president's subsequent actions ― including his rhetoric about immigrants from Latin American countries and his belittling of African nations and Haiti as "shithole countries" ― could cost the North American bid crucial votes.

Denver is among the cities included in the US bid, but there's no word yet on which cities will hold the matches.

Large votes are often swayed by small concessions promised to the right number of smaller nations or by regional biases. Before the vote, some had suggested that a "Trump effect" was harming the United States' chances, saying the president's quarrels internationally were putting off some countries.

The 2026 soccer tournament, he said, will be the first World Cup to expand from 32 teams to 48 teams. "The merits of the bid, we feel we have a compelling proposal". "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?" "I would love to see a Team USA-Mexico match".

After the summit, Trump attacked Trudeau as "dishonest" and "weak." and accused him of making false statements around the tariffs.