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United States, Canada and Mexico awarded 2026 World Cup

United States, Canada and Mexico awarded 2026 World Cup

On Wednesday morning in Moscow, Russia, the 68th FIFA Congress awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup to the United North American bid, submitted by Canada, the United States and Mexico.

On Twitter Trudeau said: "Good news this morning: The 2026 FIFA World Cup is coming to Canada, the United States and Mexico".

Canada's men's team has not played in the World Cup since 1986 but traditionally, host countries do get to play. The U.S. proposed to host 60 out of the 80 matches, leaving Canada and Mexico with 10 fixtures each. The handsome game transcends borders and cultures.

"Football today is the only victor".

In making its case to voting members, the North American bid accentuated the quantity and quality of available stadiums, experience in staging major events and the infrastructure necessary to transport and house tens of thousands of visiting fans. There was one abstention.

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.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday that world football's governing body was "clinically dead" when he took over following a corruption scandal that engulfed his predecessor Sepp Blatter.




The winning bid had been seen as the safer option given the standard of facilities and number of stadiums available, while a Federation Internationale de Football Association evaluation report had called Morocco's bid "high risk".

Trump has also backed the tri-nation bid and his administration has given guarantees about trade, tax and other requirements demanded by Federation Internationale de Football Association. Trump will be gone from office when the tournament does take place.

Large votes are often swayed by small concessions promised to the right number of smaller nations or by regional biases. In all likelihood, 11 of the 17 proposed USA sites will make the cut. Former president Bill Clinton and other celebrities spent almost two years campaigning and the US still lost to Qatar. Even if Trump wins re-election, his presidency will end before the 2026 World Cup.

"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.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a Trump supporter, is honorary chairman of the United Bid and served as a middleman in gaining White House backing of the World Cup effort. Canada's sole World Cup appearance was in 1986 in Mexico, where they did not score a goal, losing to France, Hungry and the Soviet Union in the group stage.

The opening World Cup game features the two sides ranked the lowest in the competition. As a host country, Canada will be allowed to play in the 2026 games.

The Football Association has not hosted the tournament since 1966, having failed in bids for the 1990, 2006 and 2018 tournaments.