United North American bid awarded 2026 FIFA World Cup over Morocco

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Just to add to the complexity, there was a third option for all voters: neither Morocco or United and we would have had to start a new bidding process.

The North American proposal is referred to as United 2026, as it bested a rival Moroccan bid, 134 votes to 65. Khalfi said it was "regrettable" that seven Arab countries did not vote for Morocco, including close political allies such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The result at the FIFA Congress on the eve of the 2018 tournament means global football's showpiece event will return to the North American continent for the first time since the United States hosted it in 1994. Canada's sole World Cup appearance was in 1986 in Mexico, where they did not score a goal, losing to France, Hungry and the Soviet Union in the group stage.

Many African delegates believe Morocco lost because its projected tournament profit of Dollars 5 billion fell considerably short of the USD 11 billion pledged by the North American bid.

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

Mexico and the U.S. have hosted the World Cup for a total of three times between them and it's believed their profit margin was a key decision in the choice. The others would then be split between Canada and Mexico.

Denver was recently named a host city for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

What Will The New Format Be?

The figure is 10 percent higher compared to the revenues Federation Internationale de Football Association projected for the tournament, and $1.3 billion more than the earnings generated by the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, documents seen by The New York Times reveal.

This new format will have 16 more teams, and 16 more games to enjoy taking the total from 64 to 80 games.

USA football president Carlos Cordeiro added: "We had a clear path to victory which involved garnering support from all confederations, including, I might add, Africa". North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup.

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