World Cup is awarded to North America

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

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.

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.

"I was sad when the victor was announced", said former Moroccan footballer Abdelkrim El Hadrioui. Canada has hosted the 2015 Women's World Cup.

Not to mention the 2026 World Cup will coincide with the 250-year anniversary of the U.S.' independence.

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". That would bring each of FIFA's 211 members $50 million. Late switchers included the Netherlands - which backed the Morocco bid - and South Africa, which supported the US-led bid.

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Today's vote, which occurred a day before the start of the 2018 FIFA World CupTM in Russian Federation, also marks the first time three nations have been selected to co‐host a FIFA World CupTM and the first time the FIFA World CupTM will be played in North America in 32 years.

While Ghana's former FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has been handed a 90-day Fifa ban following corruption allegations, the country's government is on the verge of dissolving the association, with two GFA officials barred from travelling to attend the congress in Russian Federation. The country hosted in 1970, but it also hosted in 1986 after it was originally awarded to Colombia, who couldn't host for economic reasons.

Morocco Federation: "I wish to congratulate Fifa for the conduct of this process and congratulate the president for what he has done in order to move things towards more transparency and more inclusion".

Styled the "United Bid", the candidacy of USA-Canada-Mexico says it potentially has 23 host cities, with 17 of these located in the USA.

Morocco was bidding for the fifth time to host the world's biggest single-sport fiesta, and has launched a compact bid in which all host cities are within a radius of maximum two hours by air travel. He said it was too early to put a price tag on the upgrades.

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