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  • United 2026 Wins Rights to Host FIFA 2026 World Cup

The United States will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup after its three-way bid - along with Mexico and Canada - was granted staging rights during a vote here on Wednesday.

The North America proposal, dubbed "United 2026", was an overwhelmingly popular choice amongst Federation Internationale de Football Association nation members as it received 134 votes - significantly more than Morocco's 65 votes.

With the successful bid, the men's World Cup will be coming to Canada for the first time. "This is a reward for our unwavering belief and commitment to the growth of soccer, and we will continue to make major strides over the next eight years to ensure that we stage an unforgettable World Cup". While the United bid is a co-operative effort, it is the United States that is the undoubted leader, with 60 games - and all matches from the quarter-finals onward - taking place there with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 each.

The host team always qualifies for the tournament, but there are questions about whether or not all three countries will be given automatic berths.

Following concerns over the process that resulted in hosting rights being awarded to Russian Federation for 2018 and Qatar for 2022, a more rigorous bidding system has been implemented, requiring candidates to produce - among other things - human rights strategies.

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

While the USA and Mexico have become World Cup mainstays throughout the tournament's past, this is particularly pertinent for Canada - who has appeared in just one World Cup (1986).

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So Morocco has concentrated its pitch on the country's undisputed passion for football, the notion that Africa deserves another World Cup after South Africa 2010, its far more compact offering and Euro-friendly time zone. "We are all united in football".

The statement said that the bid organizers were confident that "every eligible fan and member of our FIFA family will have unhindered access to our country to experience and celebrate the 2026 FIFA World Cup". It's already been confirmed that Toronto will host four out of ten games, and Edmonton and Montreal will each host three.

Delegates watch the presentation of the joint bid of United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday. Hosting rights for previous World Cups had been awarded by what was then a 24-person FIFA Executive Committee. The World Cup was last in the United States in 1994.

It will be the first World Cup to be expanded to 48 teams, posing an enormous logistical challenge for the hosts.

France, in particular, lobbied behind the scenes for French-speaking Morocco and the bid had the support of most African nations.

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.

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