The North American allegiance prevailed as they beat Morocco in the FIFA host bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The allegiance includes Mexico, Canada and USA who now will be sharing the responsibility of hosting the beautiful game in their countries eight years from time.
The trio of the CONCACAF zone were victorious and accumulated 134 votes among the total of 203 votes, beating the rivals Morocco comprehensively to get the rights of hosting the World Cup. “Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026,” Carlos Cordiero, president of the US Soccer Federation told Congress.
“Football today is the only winner,” he added.
The U.S hosted the World Cup previously in 1994 while Mexico hosted it in 1970 and 1986. Canada has never hosted a men’s World Cup but held the women’s World Cup three years ago.
The bidders were given 15 minutes each to showcase their case and the North American team showed a 11 billion dollar profit comparing to Morocco’s 5 billion dollar one. The stakes were high as it will be the first time a three country hosted World Cup will occur.
Morocco’s quest to host another World Cup ends and it will be the 5th time that the African country have failed after bidding to host one at their land.
The 2026 World Cup will also introduce the new format of 48 nations World Cup, as the teams will be divided into 16 groups with 3 in each group. The number of matches will also hike from 64 to 80.
And another significant thing is that both Mexico and Canada will have three host cities each, and the majority of the matches will be played in the United States. From Quarter Finals to the Final, all the matches will be hosted in US and that means Mexico’s Estadio Azteca can’t host the World Cup final for the 3rd time in history.