Predicting the final 16 host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Predicting the final 16 host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup

The united bid garnered 134 votes, while the North African country amassed 65 votes - including the one from FKF - from the Football Association presidents present during the Fifa General Assembly in Moscow.

Mexico hosted the 1986 World Cup, while the U.S. was awarded the tournament in 1994 but Canada, who have appeared just once at the tournament, have never hosted.

After the USA men's national team missed out on qualifying for this summer's tournament, which kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday, the news of the successful bid was a boost to frustrated American soccer fans. The North American bid projects US$14.3 billion in revenue compared to $7.2 billion for Morocco.

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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. Of those letters, Sports Illustrated's Brian Strauss writes: "It's uncertain how much any of that swayed the vote, but it was among the topics of conversation and contention leading into Wednesday's congress".

Safe, rational and bountifully lucrative as the Federation Internationale de Football Association decision is to have the 2026 World Cup hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico, it is also disappointing for romantics fancying another tournament in Africa - and laced with contradictions, too.

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With the successful bid, the men's World Cup will be coming to Canada for the first time. Whether FIFA also extends this courtesy to Mexico and Canada - the latter a relative nonentity in global soccer that has qualified for just one World Cup in 1986 - remains to be seen.

The vote on the 2026 tournament followed a late round of lobbying around the delegates' Moscow hotels to try to woo last-minute undecided backers. The stadium has also hosted World Cup qualifying games in the past. It's not clear how that would work with three countries as co-hosts. "'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".

The United bid plans to use 16 stadiums from a list of 23 - 17 of which are deemed just fine the way they are, with six needing renovation.

Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium fared well in FIFA's assessment of potential game venues, and the city is considered the favorite to host the World Cup Team Workshop, which brings together delegations from all 48 competing nations for a pretournament introduction to the World Cup's organization.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation will hold a press conference at 9:30 Wednesday morning to discuss the 2026 World Cup. The experts had said the bids represented "two nearly opposite ends of the spectrum".

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