USA, Canada and Mexico to host football World Cup 2026

The United bid by Canada Mexico and the United States was awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup

The United bid by Canada Mexico and the United States was awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Hosting World Cups and Olympic Games is openly a politicians' prestige-burnishing project now, not only for Russia's president Vladimir Putin or Qatar's Emir, seeking soft power from hosting in 2022.

After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States chose to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017.

As a result, Fifa's executive committee is no longer responsible for the final say on which country is awarded a World Cup.

A successful North American bid would likely also give the Canadian national team an automatic berth into the 2026 tournament.

A total of 80 games will be played with 60 planned in the United States and 10 each in Canada and Mexico with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to National Football League teams New York Giants and New York Jets.

On Wednesday, FIFA member countries voted 134-65 for the three nations over the other candidate, Morocco.

This was the first World Cup vote since 2010, when two hosts were named and afterwards investigators from the U.S. and Switzerland unveiled corruption on an unprecedented scale. FIFA's official list for the 2018 World Cup showed nine of the 32 teams chose base camps separate from any of the tournament venues, some of them in cities with fewer than 100,000 residents.

If we're spitballing, it's hard to imagine the United States being forced to qualify for a World Cup in which it is the predominant host.

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The games will be played in 16 cities.

The FA was among the first to congratulate the US' joint bid with Mexico and Canada.

Earlier, US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro has said his bid would generate $14bn in revenue and make an $11bn profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association. Major League Soccer is already well established in the country's three biggest cities and will remain instrumental in developing players, with Canada's most promising rising star now featuring prominently on one of its teams.

"This shouldn't be a geopolitical discussion or decision", U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro said this week, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Nashville has recently hosted World Cup Qualifying matches and CONCACAF Gold Cup matches.

Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are now the only Canadian cities that could host matches. In 2002, Japan and South Korea both were granted automatic bids when they co-hosted the World Cup.

Trump tweeted his congratulations to those involved in winning the right to host the competition.

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