By Michael Place MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua)
-- The United States, Canada and
Mexico will jointly host the 2026 football World Cup after
beating out a rival bid from Morocco in a vote of FIFA delegates
here on Wednesday.
200 member federations cast a vote during the annual FIFA
conference held on the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
It will be the first
time that football’s flagship tournament will be hosted by three
nations, with the majority of games to be held in the US.
The US previously
hosted the World Cup in 1994 while Mexico staged the event in
1970 and 1986. It will be the first time the competition is
played in Canada.
The North American
candidacy received 134 votes to Morocco’s 65 while one member
association opted not to choose either candidacy.
“On behalf of our
United Bid, thank you so very much for this incredible honor.
Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege, the privilege
of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026,” US FA president Carlos
Cordeiro said after the vote. “The beautiful game transcends
borders and cultures. Football today is the only victor.”
John Kristick, the
executive director of the United Bid committee, said that United
2026 “can focus on the game. We are ready made. Our cities are
ready to host today.”
The US will host 60
of the 80 matches, including all of the quarterfinals,
semifinals and the final. Mexico and Canada will stage 10 games
The final will be
held at the 84,953-capacity MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the
home of NFL teams the New York Giants and the New York Jets.
Some 3,000 miles
(4,828 kilometers) will separate the northernmost city of
Edmonton and Mexico City in the far south. The largest distance
between cities at this year’s event in Russia is 1,900 miles.
In a presentation to
the conference before the vote, North American officials said an
expected tournament profit of 11 billion US dollars would be
shared among federations to invest in facilities and development
The United Bid also
underlined the high quality of existing infrastructure,
including stadiums, and the countries’ experience in staging
major sports events.
Morocco was hoping
to be the second African nation to stage the World Cup after
South Africa in 2010.
Morocco made four
previous attempts to host the World Cup: in 1994, 1998, 2006 and
football officials had said that 14 venues would be used for the
competition, six of which
were to be new.