United US-Canada-Mexico Bid Chosen To Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Lawrence Cooper
June 15, 2018

And the United committee's bid packet is expecting the 2026 event to be even more lucrative, projecting a record $14 billion in revenue and $11 billion in profits.

Since the USA first hosted the World Cup in 1994 (Denver wasn't one of the host cities), it has been in France, South Korea and Japan (joint-bid), Germany, South Africa and Brazil, with the Russia World Cup beginning on Thursday.

The tournament will mark the first time a World Cup has been shared by three host nations. As part of the bid, which was decided on by more than 200 member nations and announced at the annual FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday, the US will host 60 games while Canada and Mexico will each host 10.

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The U.S. won its three-way bid with Canada and Mexico - known as United 2026 - to host the men's FIFA World Cup, beating out Morocco, the only other nation to bid. 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.

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However, Nigeria's relationship with Morocco has improved over the years leading to a first presidential visit by a Nigerian leader to the North African country.

The vote at FIFA's annual congress, held this year in Moscow, came a day before the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. "'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".

North America received backing from former Manchester United and LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham as he believes the "fans passion for football would make the event very special".

Morocco's bid faced unwanted attention when Federation Internationale de Football Association secretary general Fatma Samoura was the subject of an investigation into an alleged conflict of interest. "If we can bring them into the game, we'll go from four million to 12 million participants".

Morocco, on the other hand, promised a "European" World Cup in Africa, playing on the north African nation's proximity to Europe. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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