Why Vancouver will be on the sidelines for the 2026 World Cup

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

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The United States also bid for the 2022 World Cup, and had been favorite to host that tournament, but lost out to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar at FIFA's congress in 2010.

In the US, 60 World Cup matches will be played across 10 cities. Local leaders Chiefs President Mark Donovan, Sporting Kansas City President and CEO Jake Reid, Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Mo., and Mayor David Alvey of Kansas City, Kan., are hosting a news conference, and may discuss the possibility that the Kansas City metro could host a match.

While Morocco's combined tickets and hospitality revenue would be $1.07 billion, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association analysis, North America would generate $2 billion additional income.

Behind the scenes though, Trump played diplomat.

There had been concerns that political factors, such as the United States' waning popularity overseas and what was perceived as an interfering tweet about the bid from President Donald Trump, would count against it.

Upon being awarded with the World Cup, the United 2026 organizing committee unveiled 23 finalists to be among the 16 host cities.

Morocco had attempted to highlighted their opponents' weaknesses by focusing on how their revenue projections were realistic as well as the compactness of their bid.

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China , the northern neighbor of Pyongyang, said it would be willing to play a constructive role in further U.S. "It was brutal. Trump, it added, had expressed his "understanding" of the stance and had conveyed "his intention to halt" the exercises.

England, like Morocco, knows the feeling of falling short in the bid to host the World Cup.

It means global football's showpiece event will return to the North American continent for the first time since 1994 when the United States hosted the tournament.

"Before even giving our official candidacy of the city of Montreal (for the World Cup as part of the United 2026 bid) the (Olympic Installations Board) and the provincial government already said that they were going to invest the money in the retractable roof", Filato said.

The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each. The United Bid featured a youth team player from each of the three nations, beginning with a moving tale by 17-year-old Canadian Alphonso Davies, the current Major League Soccer player of the week, about how his family had been welcomed after fleeing civil war in Africa.

Each of the three host nations is set to stage a game on the opening day of the tournament.

Steven Reed, president of the Canadian Soccer Association, called the FIFA Congress decision "an extraordinary honour and privilege". Mexico has played in every World Cup since 1990. "The merits of the bid, we feel we have a compelling proposal". That tournament still holds the all-time World Cup attendance record, despite there being only 24 teams involved compared to 32 today.

But though US and Mexico have previous experience of hosting the event in 1994 and 1986 respectively, an expanded tournament across three host nations for the first time would appear to pose a major challenge.

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