FIFA member associations gathering in Moscow on Wednesday voted 134-65 in favor of the joint North American bid by Canada, the U.S., and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup, beating Morocco who promised a European World Cup. There was one No vote from Ghana due to the government ban on the football association.
“Football today is the only victor,” said U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro.
The 2026 tournament will be the biggest World Cup ever held – with 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days.
The ‘United’ World Cup will generate $14bn in revenue and make an $11bn profit for Fifa, of the 16 host cities, 10 will be in the United States while the remainder will be split evenly between Canada and Mexico.
Sixty matches will take place in the US, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each. The final will be held at the 84,953-capacity MetLife Stadium, which is home to NFL sides the New York Giants and the New York Jets.
The distance between the most northern host city (Edmonton) and the most southern (Mexico City) is almost 3,000 miles, which compares to 1,900 miles at this month’s tournament in Russia.
The tournament will mark the first time a World Cup has been shared by three host nations. curled from https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44464913
Fifa said in 2017 that the host nation for the 2026 World Cup would qualify automatically and its slot would be taken from the allocation of its confederation however, Fifa president Gianni Infantino said the issue of all three hosts – Canada, USA and Mexico – being given automatic slots is still to be decided, with discussions set to take place in the next few weeks.