US, Mexico and Canada beat Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

Canada will host men’s World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986.

GKNN
Moscow, Publish Date: Jun 13 2018 11:59PM | Updated Date: Jun 13 2018 11:59PM
US, Mexico and Canada beat Morocco to host 2026 World CupFile Photo

North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

The soccer showpiece will return to the US for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday. The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA’s elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010. The US proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each. The US is set to host all games from the quarterfinals onward. An optimistic promise of delivering $14 billion in revenue helped sway voters, along with the lack of major construction work required on the 16 planned stadiums, all of which already exist.

By contrast, Morocco appeared too hazardous as a potential host when all 14 venues had to be built or renovated as part of a $16 billion investment in new infrastructure. The vote leaves Morocco reeling from a fifth failure in a World Cup hosting vote, with the continent’s sole tournament coming in 2010 in South Africa.

While Morocco’s combined tickets and hospitality revenue would be $1.07 billion, according to FIFA analysis, North America would generate $2 billion additional income.

Canada will host men’s World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986.

The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside New York is proposed for the final. It’s just miles from where federal prosecutors spearheaded an ongoing investigation into FIFA corruption. More than 40 soccer officials and businesses indicted, convicted or pleaded guilty.

The bribery scandal put the governing body on the brink, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the congress ahead of Wednesday’s vote.

“FIFA was clinically dead as an organisation,” Infantino said, reflecting on his election in 2016. “Two years later, FIFA is alive and well, full of joy and passion and with a vision for its future.”

The North American victory suggests football officials are ready to gather for a World Cup in a country whose government has demonstrated its willingness to jail corrupt sports leaders through undercover investigations.

The North America bid also had to overcome concerns about the impact of policies from the Trump administration, including attempts to implement a ban on travel by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.

The main intervention by President Donald Trump was a warning in a White House news conference, discussing the FIFA vote, that he would be “watching very closely”. It was a veiled threat to withhold US support from countries opposing the bid.

FIFA now has the final say on which cities are selected to host games and whether all three countries are guaranteed a place at the tournament. Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants them to take three of the six qualification slots reserved for the region.

There is also a chance to send a seventh team via an inter-continental playoff. North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup.

Latest News

  1. Class work to remain suspended at Kashmir University on Friday
  2. Class work to remain suspended at Kashmir University on Friday
  1. Classwork to remain suspended in Srinagar colleges, higher secondary schools on Friday
  2. Classwork to remain suspended in Srinagar colleges, higher secondary schools on Friday
  1. Army says transgressions down along LAC in Ladakh
  2. Army says transgressions down along LAC in Ladakh
  1. Dr Kunzes Dolma given charge of Director Health Services Kashmir
  2. Dr Kunzes Dolma given charge of Director Health Services Kashmir
  1. No move to deploy 'Black Cat' commandos in Jammu and Kashmir: Guv Malik
  2. No move to deploy 'Black Cat' commandos in Jammu and Kashmir: Guv Malik
  1. CBI begins probe in Jammu and Kashmir arms licence case
  2. CBI begins probe in Jammu and Kashmir arms licence case
  1. Ram temple row: RSS, BJP do not believe in 'pluralism', says Owaisi
  2. Ram temple row: RSS, BJP do not believe in 'pluralism', says Owaisi
  1. Former UP, Uttarakhand CM N D Tiwari dead
  2. Former UP, Uttarakhand CM N D Tiwari dead
  1. Extending 73rd, 74th amendments direct attack on Art 370: NC
  2. Extending 73rd, 74th amendments direct attack on Art 370: NC
  1. Pak's SC dismisses PML-N leader's petition seeking Imran Khan's disqualification
  2. Pak's SC dismisses PML-N leader's petition seeking Imran Khan's disqualification
  1. Court takes cognisance of Akbar's defamation case, his statement to be recorded on Oct 31
  2. Court takes cognisance of Akbar's defamation case, his statement to be recorded on Oct 31
  1. BJP hits back after Azad says lesser number of Hindu candidates invite him for campaigning
  2. BJP hits back after Azad says lesser number of Hindu candidates invite him for campaigning
  1. Modi's cronyism putting IAF pilots at risk: Rahul
  2. Modi's cronyism putting IAF pilots at risk: Rahul
  1. Ex-BSP MP's son surrenders, arrested for waving pistol at hotel
  2. Ex-BSP MP's son surrenders, arrested for waving pistol at hotel
  1. PDD lineman electrocuted to death in Budgam village
  2. PDD lineman electrocuted to death in Budgam village
  1. Man gives 'triple talaq' to wife via WhatsApp, booked
  2. Man gives 'triple talaq' to wife via WhatsApp, booked
  1. #MeToo movement launched by people with 'perverted' minds: BJP minister
  2. #MeToo movement launched by people with 'perverted' minds: BJP minister
  1. One dead, three injured after bus carrying pilgrims meets accident in Katra
  2. One dead, three injured after bus carrying pilgrims meets accident in Katra
  1. Govt says no threat of discontinuation of mobile numbers issued using Aadhaar
  2. Govt says no threat of discontinuation of mobile numbers issued using Aadhaar
  1. Armed struggle 'only option' to resolve Kashmir dispute: Salahuddin
  2. Armed struggle 'only option' to resolve Kashmir dispute: Salahuddin
  1. 2G Internet service restored in Kashmir capital Srinagar
  2. 2G Internet service restored in Kashmir capital Srinagar
  1. Saudi suspect in Khashoggi case killed in accident: Turkish daily
  2. Saudi suspect in Khashoggi case killed in accident: Turkish daily
  1. Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen militant laid to rest in Awantipora amid pro-freedom slogans
  2. Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen militant laid to rest in Awantipora amid pro-freedom slogans
  1. Internet remains suspended in Kashmir capital for second straight day
  2. Internet remains suspended in Kashmir capital for second straight day
  1. MJ Akbar’s resignation result of women journalists’ courage: Editors Guild of India
  2. MJ Akbar’s resignation result of women journalists’ courage: Editors Guild of India
  1. RSS chief Bhagwat pitches for legally constructing Ram temple
  2. RSS chief Bhagwat pitches for legally constructing Ram temple
  1. Turkish police search Saudi consulate again in Khashoggi case
  2. Turkish police search Saudi consulate again in Khashoggi case
  1. Militant arrested by police in Pattan an innocent student: Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen
  2. Militant arrested by police in Pattan an innocent student: Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen
  1. 116 policemen suspended over 2014 firing in Pakistan
  2. 116 policemen suspended over 2014 firing in Pakistan
  1. Protests rock Kashmir University against killing of student-turned-militant in Pulwama
  2. Protests rock Kashmir University against killing of student-turned-militant in Pulwama
  1. Shutdown, restrictions paralyse life in Kashmir
  2. Shutdown, restrictions paralyse life in Kashmir
  1. Man sentenced to more than 24 years for Texas mosque fire
  2. Man sentenced to more than 24 years for Texas mosque fire
  1. US teenager baked grandfather's ashes into cookies: police
  2. US teenager baked grandfather's ashes into cookies: police
  1. Pre-order iPhone XR in India from Friday
  2. Pre-order iPhone XR in India from Friday
  1. Trump denies cover up allegations, seeks full report on Khashoggi
  2. Trump denies cover up allegations, seeks full report on Khashoggi
  1. Newly-recruited militant killed in brief shootout in Pulwama
  2. Newly-recruited militant killed in brief shootout in Pulwama
x
This site uses cookies to deliver our services and to show you relevant news and ads. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service.That's Fine