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World Cup 2026 hosts announced as joint USA, Mexico and Canada bid sees off Morocco

Mirror logo Mirror 13/06/2018 James Whaling
a man holding a microphone: FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the World Cup 2026 announcement © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the World Cup 2026 announcement

The World Cup in 2026 will be held in the USA, Canada and Mexico after North America were named as hosts.

They saw off a rival bid from Morocco to land the tournament which will take place eight years from now.

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Both bids made their final appeals to UEFA voters in Moscow on Tuesday, with Morocco and United receiving a vast show of support from their respective confederations.

Just to add to the complexity, there was a third option for all voters: neither Morocco or North America which would have started a new bidding process.

But North America came out on top and were confirmed as the hosts of the 2026 showpiece on the eve of this year's World Cup in Russia.

The joint bid received 134 votes to 65 for Morocco, with one of the 203 votes opting for neither side.

"It's a bit emotional for us today," US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro told the FIFA Congress.

"Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

"The beautiful game transcends borders and cultures. Football today is the only victor.

"And in that spirit we wish all Russian hosts and all the teams competing here the very best of luck."

a man holding a sign: Infantino shakes hands with Vladimir Putin © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Infantino shakes hands with Vladimir Putin

The 2026 tournament will be the first expanded tournament featuring 48 teams, up from the current 32-team tournament, which begins in Russia tomorrow.

Although it will be the first tournament to be hosted by three nations, the vast majority of games will be held in the United States.

Of the 80 games, 10 matches 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 USA last hosted the World Cup in 1994 - which was the last tournament England failed to qualify for.

Brazil claimed their fourth title, beating Italy in the final, while Sweden took third place with victory over Bulgaria in the playoff.

Morocco has never hosted the World Cup, with the last African tournament taking place in 2010 in South Africa.

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