US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup finals
US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup finals
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The winning bid got 134 votes, compared to 65 for Morocco.
Of the 80 games, 10 will be held in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the U.S., with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets.
The "United Bid" had been favourites from the start but Morocco's promise of a "European World Cup in Africa" was appealing to the committee.
The U.S., Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup.
Of the 80 games, ten matches will be held in Canada, ten in Mexico and 60 in the US with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets.
Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015.
"We cast our vote for the "United" bid as we believe the independent technical assessment made its advantages very clear".
Canada will join the US and Mexico as hosts of the 2026 World Cup.
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The "United Bid" calls for the U.S.to host 60 matches, including all games from the quarter-finals through to the final.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in October both Blatter and ex-UEFA head Michel Platini, who was also suspended following an ethics investigation, would be welcome at the World Cup as "old friends" of the Russian president.
The value of World Cup sponsorship may have fluctuated recently, but overall it has grown strongly in the past two decades with Fifa's 2015-2018 cycle revenues representing more than twice the amount for the 1999-2002 period.
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.
Edmontonian Alphonso Davies, 17, was the first to speak in the United Bid's final presentation to the FIFA Congress prior to the vote.
The 1994 World Cup, staged by the USA, had the highest average attendance in the tournament's history, while Mexico was the first nation to host the event twice.
In total, 23 cities are part of the "United Bid", and 16 cities will be selected by Federation Internationale de Football Association to host games.
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