USA, Canada and Mexico to host football World Cup 2026
13 June, 2018, 17:14 | Author: Suzanne Horton
CONCACAF, whose president - Canadian Victor Montagliani - played a key role in the bid, called the vote a "monumental victory" for the confederation that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean. It's been an incredible year with plenty more to come!
Every one of FIFA's 200-plus members holds a single vote, and regions tend to vote in blocks.
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.
Morocco has been pressing Federation Internationale de Football Association for several weeks to intervene and exclude the US-governed territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands because of a perceived conflict of interest. The Switzerland-based organization reports its revenue in four-year cycles, and most recently claimed $5.7 billion for the cycle culminating in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The mayors of two of Canada's host cities celebrated the early-morning announcement on Twitter.
The final will be held at the 84,953-capacity MetLife Stadium, which is home to National Football League sides the New York Giants and the New York Jets.
Now that the months of hard yards and near-permanent politicking are out of the way, the really difficult part begins for the North American team - preparing for the biggest World Cup in history. It will be the first World Cup since the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan in which multiple countries will host.
"It's a bit emotional for us today", Carlos Cordeiro, president of U.S. Soccer, said after the vote.
There are two World Cup finals debutants this summer, Iceland and Panama, with the former faced with overcoming tournament regulars Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria, and the latter hoping to cause a major upset in Group G with Belgium, England and Tunisia.
"The possibility of hosting the World Cup in Canada would be an absolute game-changing event for the sport in this country", deVos told Sportsnet this week.
Canada's men's team has not played in the World Cup since 1986 but traditionally, host countries do get to play. Both Valerie Plante of Montreal and John Tory of Toronto retweeted a video of the bid team reacting to the news, with Tory adding, "We won!"
With Russia hosting in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, no countries from either Europe or Asia were allowed to bid for the 2026 tournament.
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