Morocco vows new bid for World Cup after 2026 failure

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

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

"The United Bid's successful effort in bringing the 2026 World Cup to North America is a monumental breakthrough for soccer in the United States, Canada and Mexico", Sporting Kansas City owner Cliff Illig said in a news release.

So much for U.S.

The 2026 World Cup, which will be the first in North America since the US hosted in 1994, will be the first held in three different nations.

In the USA, 60 World Cup matches will be played across 10 cities.

Due to the landscape, temperatures differ greatly and matches in Denver and Mexico City will be played at altitude.

In a bid process that lasted 15 seconds, FIFA revealed that Nigeria, through the Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, voted for Morocco. Even if Trump wins re-election, his presidency would end before the 2026 World Cup.

Behind the scenes though, Trump played diplomat.

"We cast our vote for the "United" bid as we believe the independent technical assessment made its advantages very clear".

Canada failed in its lone previous World Cup bid - to host the 1986 tournament after Colombia pulled out as host.

By contrast, Morocco appeared too hazardous as a potential host when all 14 venues had to be built or renovated as part of a $16 billion investment in new infrastructure.




Portland was not chosen as one of the finalists to host World Cup matches.

The USA already possesses the sufficient requirements of world-class stadia and global airports to host the tournament and can boast that when they hosted the World Cup in 1994 they set a record for crowds.

It will also be celebrated in football-crazy Mexico, which hosted the World Cup in 1970 and in 1986 - the tournament remembered for Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal.

Los Angeles is one of 23 proposed host cities and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena one of the stadiums under consideration as a match site. It's not clear how that would work with three countries as co-hosts.

Spain abstained, its attention diverted by news that national team manager Julen Lopetegui was headed to Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid after the tournament.

Vancouver will watch from the sidelines after the B.C. government, citing concerns over the possible costs of being a host city, was unable to come to terms with the bid committee. This will be the first time since 2002 that the World Cup will be held in multiple nations.

Filato said the city estimates the financial return from hosting World Cup games will be around $200 million.

The 2026 soccer tournament, he said, will be the first World Cup to expand from 32 teams to 48 teams.

But though United States of America and Mexico have previous experience of hosting the event in 1994 and 1986 respectively, an expanded tournament across three host nations for the first time would appear to pose a major challenge. He noted more has to happen before the Alberta capital makes the cut of host cities by 2020.

On paper, the two bids are worlds apart.

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