Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

United Bid selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

United Bid selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

On the eve of the 2018 World Cup, the delegates from 207 nations gathered in Moscow are faced with a clear choice.

A joint North American bid has been chosen as hosts of the 2026 World Cup, following a FIFA association member vote in Moscow Wednesday. The tally was 134 votes for the united bid and 65 votes for Morocco.

If we're spitballing, it's hard to imagine the United States being forced to qualify for a World Cup in which it's the predominant host. Under the terms of the bid, Canada and Mexico will each host 10 matches.

The 2026 World Cup is to be the first to feature 48 teams, compared to the 32 that are to compete in Russian Federation and Qatar.

Football-crazy Mexico hosted in 1970 and in 1986, the tournament remembered for Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal.

The race to stage the biggest sporting event on the planet is being contested between two contenders: Morocco, and a joint effort between Canada, Mexico and the United States, known as the "United Bid".

The last time the US hosted a World Cup was in 1994, and Mexico in 1986.

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The US, Mexico and Canada were considered favorites in the lead up to the voting process, given the financial and infrastructural solidity of their bid.

Steven Reed, president of the Canadian Soccer Association, called the FIFA Congress decision "an extraordinary honour and privilege".

The 1994 World Cup in the United States set an attendance record that still stands, with almost 3.6 million spectators for only 52 matches.

There have also been worries that his travel ban blocking immigration from several Muslim-majority countries, which is being challenged in the US Supreme Court could affect fans, officials and players from attending the tournament.

There are two parties vying for the 2026 World Cup, and excitingly we will know today (Wednesday 13 June, 2018) which one has got it.

"Not to comment really on the USA side, but maybe they felt that they wished to go further in some additional letters which they had received from their president", he added.

Miami and Orlando are among the 23 cities in the running to host matches, and Hard Rock Stadium - built for soccer and known as a host to sold-out worldwide matches - is expected to be selected. "Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege", Carlos Cordeiro, the president of U.S. Soccer, said after the decision was announced at a Federation Internationale de Football Association meeting in Moscow.

The U.S. may not have qualified for this year's soccer World Cup, but it is poises to score a major victory off the pitch - providing that a backlash against President Trump and a North American political feud do not undermine America's hopes.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is about to turn the planet slightly insane for a couple of months and you love it.

Other cities on the list are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey, Montreal, Nashville, New York/NewJersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, DC.

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