Trump tweets congratulations to North America World Cup 2026 winning bid

Trump tweets congratulations to North America World Cup 2026 winning bid

The United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States on Wednesday morning was selected to host the 2026 World Cup by the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow. However with the introduction of the now popular Indian Super League and the country hosting the U-17 FIFA World Cup a year ago, and Indian Football Team's captain Sunil Chhetri matching Lionel Messi's record of scoring 64 goals, it seems like a bright future lies ahead for Indian Football.

The North American bid was in better shape to host the World Cup.

The 2026 edition will be the second World Cup hosted on USA soil, and the first one in 1994 still holds the record for the most tickets sold and the most revenue ever generated in addition to leading to the launch of Major League Soccer just two years later.

Morocco have now failed with five bids to hold the World Cup and are unlikely now to have the financial means to put together another bid for the foreseeable future.

Seven members recused their voting rights - Guam, Kenyan, the US Virgin Islands football associations, and the bidders.

Fouzi Lekjaa, president of the Moroccan Royal Football Federation, noted Africa has only ever hosted the World Cup once.

The vote was conducted on the eve of the 2018 World Cup, which is scheduled to kick off Thursday in host nation Russian Federation. The only other World Cup played in more than one country was in the 2002 event shared by South Korea and Japan. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup, though it was the site of the 2015 Women's World Cup. One congress member voted for "neither bid".

The United States last hosted the men's World Cup in 1994.

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The plan is that Canada and Mexico would each host 10 matches, while 60 matches would be played in the United States.

The expanded 2026 men's event, featuring 48 teams for the first time, will be played in 16 different cities - 10 in the US, plus three sites in both Canada and Mexico.

It would likely open the door to Canada finally returning to the men's world stage - a widely expected scenario as co-host that has yet to be officially confirmed.

It's important to note that this was the first World Cup held after World War II.

"If we get to host in 2026, that's the realization of a lifelong dream, to get back to the World Cup, and to give kids that opportunity to be inspired like I was in 1986".

Instead of three automatic places in the tournament, six will be given by that time.

The American candidate cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington, D.C. "There is no doubt that World Cup 2026 will elevate the sport of soccer to entirely new levels and Major League Soccer is honored to be a part of this joyous day".

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