United States, Canada and Mexico to jointly host 2026 World Cup

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup as Morocco lose out

The World Cup is to return to North America for a fourth time after Federation Internationale de Football Association members voted to award the right to host the 2026 tournament to a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Questions instantly turned to the field, with many casual observers wondering whether the US will automatically qualify for the tournament. Mexico last missed the tournament in 1990, while Canada hasn't qualified for the World Cup since making their lone appearance in 1986. U.S. will regroup in the coming years and attempt to clinch a spot in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar before turning its attention to home pursuits. The bulk of the games will be played in the US though, with 60 of the 80 matches planned for American stadiums and ten each for Canada and Mexico.

It's not yet clear whether the US, Canada and Mexico will all automatically qualify for the 2026 World Cup or if they'll have to compete with other Concacaf countries for a spot.

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 World Cup kicks off on Thursday and throughout the whole tournament our team of experts from around the globe will pit their wits against each other and try and predict the result of every match.

In contrast, the USA-Canada-Mexico bid spans the entire North American continent, and could present host cities that are the farthest apart in the history of the competition that began in 1930. The White House provided U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro with three separate letters that Cordeiro showed to delegates, containing guarantees from Trump that any immigration policies relating to predominantly Muslim countries would impose no restriction affecting the tournament. Even if Trump wins re-election, his presidency would end before the 2026 World Cup. Then the remaining four teams will play, with the winners securing the final two spots in the tournament.

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 2026 tournament will be the first hosted by multiple countries since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

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Meanwhile, Ghana's absence comes as a blow to Morocco who had won the support of Ghana over joint bidders United States, Mexico and Canada.

The exact cities that will host games is something that will be decided in the coming years.

As a player nothing could possibly beat playing in front of your own fans in your own country at the World Cup and I hope our players of the future will be fortunate enough to experience this.

That prompted Cordeiro to plead ahead of the ballot to make their decision on the merits of the bid, "not geopolitics".

Social media exploded after several reports, including one in the New York Times, said Wednesday that MetLife Stadium is hosting the final.

Nashville was included in the 23 cities involved in the bid, meaning a World Cup game could be played in Music City.

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