United States, Mexico & Canada Bid Wins Vote For 2026 World Cup
- Author: Steve Townsend Jun 15, 2018,
Jun 15, 2018, 0:21
But compared to North America, Morocco's bid existed largely on paper - many stadiums and roads would have had to have been built and critics questioned how it would have coped with the 2026 tournament, which will be expanded to 48 teams.
While host nations have traditionally been granted automatic qualification for the World Cup, the decision to give automatic berths to Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will be made by the FIFA Council in the future along with details for the rest of the qualifying process in the rest of the world.
The new system of voting placed greater emphasis on a technical report which gave the North American bid a significant lead over Morocco.
The 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams playing a total of 80 games - 60 are planned in the U.S. and 10 each in Canada and Mexico.
Instead of three automatic places in the tournament, six will be given by that time.
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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes Morocco should win the bid to host the 2026 World Cup. 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.
Its new president, Gianni Infantino, who was believed to favour the U.S. bid, told congress that Federation Internationale de Football Association was "clinically dead" when he took over in 2016.
"We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the Fifa family have put in our bid, strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the Concacaf region and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come".
"I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country to continue to work for football and realise one day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco". Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent.
While Morocco, as expected, obtained strong support in Africa, the United bid's power base in Central and South America, plus some welcome backing from parts of Europe and Asia, made the difference.
The same evaluation task force later expressed concerns over stadiums, the availability of accommodation, and the travel network, despite ratifying their proposals.