The wounds of 2018 may still sting for the US, but for today at least, the Yanks, El Tri and The Canucks have won in the biggest way possible. The United Bid offers FIFA and its 211 Member Associations unity, certainty, and opportunity as they prepare to host the largest FIFA World CupTM in history, which will be expanded to a 48‐team format.
The hosting decision likely opens the door to Canada finally returning to the men's world stage - a widely expected scenario as co-host that has yet to be officially confirmed.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament to expand to 48 teams, allowing for more venues to be selected.
The host team always qualifies for the tournament, but there are questions about whether or not all three countries will be given automatic berths.
Edmontonian Alphonso Davies, 17, was the first to speak in the United Bid's final presentation to the FIFA Congress prior to the vote.
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In making its case to voting members, the North American bid accentuated the quantity and quality of available stadiums, experience in staging major events and the infrastructure necessary to transport and house tens of thousands of visiting fans.
The report made the US-Canada-Mexico bid the clear favourite after rating it four out of five, and Morocco was not able to bridge the gap. But that is not carved in stone.
After Trump threatened reprisal on those who reject the United bid, there have been concerns of coercive strategy and that non-footballing factors could sway some voters. It was all for wearing that jersey, to represent my country and get us to a World Cup. Canada narrowed its list to Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton.
The North American bid beat competition from Morocco, which was hoping to become just the second African country to host soccer's biggest worldwide tournament.
U.S. on the other hand will receive a giant share of fixtures based on its larger size, as Canada comes second and Mexico coming third.
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The 2026 World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the US promises to be the biggest World Cup event ever held and it will be the first to feature an expanded 48-team field with a record 80 matches. "Our cities are ready to host today", said John Kristick, executive director of the United Bid Committee. Chicago and Minneapolis also withdrew, citing similar worries.
Russian Federation and Qatar were picked by the 24-member FIFA Executive Committee, several members of which have been convicted on corruption charges. But FIFA President Gianni Infantino suggested the split of games could change.
The three countries presented a "United Bid" that promised to take football to a combined 500million people in North America and were awarded 134 votes to Morocco's 65.
Davies' parents fled their home in Monrovia, Liberia, to escape a civil war.
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