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North American Bid For 2026 World Cup Wins Vote

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North American Bid For 2026 World Cup Wins Vote

The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada, and Mexico after their joint bid beat Morocco's proposal to host it.

The "United 2026" bid was selected by Fifa member nations, winning 134 votes compared to 65 for Morocco, report the BBC and CNN.

The last time the US hosted a World Cup was in 1994, and Mexico in 1986. Canada has never previously hosted World Cup matches.

"Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cu is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport," said Carlos Cordeiro, President of US Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid.

The vote, in which all FIFA associations were, for the first time, eligible to vote for the host, was cast at the 68th FIFA Congress on the eve of the 2018 edition of the tournament, which begins Thursday with the official opening ceremony.

In eight years, the US, Mexico and Canada will play host to the largest edition of the tournament to date – 48 teams playing 80 matches across 34 days.

Under the North America proposal, 60 of the tournament's matches will be held in the US, including everything from the quarterfinals onwards, while Mexico and Canada will host 10 games each.

After the controversial award of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar, respectively, FIFA has promised a "more open and transparent" vote this time. The voting of the national associations will be published at the conclusion of Congress.

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