Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament

Dancers rehearse ahead of a show at the Golden Girls strip club in Moscow

The North American bid beat the rival Morocco proposal, winning 134 votes to 65 for Morocco.

The 1994 World Cup, the only one played in the USA, was the most financially successful and best-attended tournament in history.

The new system of voting placed greater emphasis on a technical report which gave the North American bid a significant lead over Morocco. Morocco had been a late entrant to the 2026 race and its projected profits were half of the United States bid.

The current blueprint calls for Canada and Mexico to stage 10 games each, with the U.S.to host 60. All three hosts should get automatic places in the lineup, and each host a game on opening day.

Federation Internationale de Football Association convened a congress in Moscow to vote and select the 2026 tournament host as last preparations are made for the 2018 Russia World Cup kick off scheduled for June 14. 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.




According to the United Bid, FIFA will decide the host cities in 2020 or 2021. "'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". "This is an incredible, and incredibly important, the moment for football in North America and beyond", said Carlos Cordeiro, the president of United States football was quoted as saying by ESPN.

Five times they have bid, and five times they have been overlooked - Morocco are perhaps destined to never host a World Cup.

Despite the defeat, bid chairman Moulay Hafid Elalamy said in a statement, "Morocco is proud to have led a campaign that was committed, ethical and totally in keeping to the rules imposed by Federation Internationale de Football Association".

But bid chief Hicham el Amrani said he was confident the country's infrastructure "could deliver" and made play of the North African nation's position, nine miles from the southern tip of Spain - dubbing it a "European" World Cup. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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