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US Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

The United States, Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup after beating bid rival Morocco, FIFA has announced.

The North American proposal had lined up high-profile backers, including soccer star David Beckham, who said that "the World Cup deserves to be in great places", and U.S. President Donald Trump, who combined support for the bid with a veiled threat to those that planned to vote for competing offers. We congratulate all of those who worked tirelessly to bring the World Cup back to North America and thank the countries that voted for the United Bid, and for their belief in our vision for the future of the sport in our region.

For the first time, the World Cup will feature 48 teams after Federation Internationale de Football Association voted to expand the tournament in January 2017.

For Morocco, it was the fifth time it had bid for the hosting rights to the football World Cup, calling it "the dream of a nation".

Vladimir Putin has thanked the "world football family" for its help in organizing the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The US hosted the World Cup in 1994, while the tournament was held twice in Mexico (1970 and 1986).

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CONCACAF, whose president - Canadian Victor Montagliani - played a key role in the bid, called the vote a "monumental victory" for the confederation that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Two Miami residents - newly-elected U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro and Donna Shalala, a U.S. Soccer board member - were deeply involved in the bid process. "The 2026 World Cup is coming to Canada, the U.S. & Mexico!" Residents of host cities including Yekaterinburg, where a security fence cut off an apartment block from the main access road, have complained that security measures are disproportionately disruptive.

"Our country is prepared to host the World Cup".

Canada's only appearance at the World Cup came in 1986 when it loss all three of its games and crashed out in the first round.

To cut down on travel, the USA -led bid proposed having teams play all their games in the same regional areas. Russia's head of World Cup security estimated last week that 105 representatives from 30 countries have confirmed involvement in the cooperation center, a number he expects to grow by opening day.

"We cast our vote for the "United" bid as we believe the independent technical assessment made its advantages very clear". But in the end, it was a non-factor, as the "United Bid" earned more than double the votes of Morocco.

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