A combined bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico won the right to host the tournament eight years from now, earning 134 votes to the African nation's 65. The White House provided U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro with three separate letters that Cordeiro showed to delegates, containing guarantees from Trump that any immigration policies relating to predominantly Muslim countries would impose no restriction affecting the tournament.
"The attractive game transcends borders and cultures. Congratulations - a great deal of hard work!"
This comes just a day after Morocco confirmed that they will bid for the 2030 World Cup after losing out in the race to host the 2026 competition. The 2026 World Cup will be the first year that 16 additional teams will be added to the finals.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation official gets underway today and football fans around the world are throwing in their opinions as to which team will walk away as champions after the four and a half week battle. "People have a soft spot for Mexico, especially looking at Mexico as a little bit under-developed and giving them a chance".
Speaking at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on the eve of the World Cup, the Swiss-Italian said he would present his candidacy for elections taking place in Paris in June 2019.
North American bid leaders countered by promising to deliver a record $11 billion profit.
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The United States will be joined by Canada and Mexico in hosting the 2026 World Cup, FIFA has announced.
President Donald Trump took credit Friday for the successful North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani shared the national disappointment but tweeted his thanks to the bid organizers for "this common dream".
Former NBA executive Philippe Moggio, now the general secretary of CONCACAF, the regional soccer confederation that includes the U.S, Mexico and Canada as well as Central American and Caribbean nations, believes Wednesday's decision will lead to a massive boost for the game in the U.S. "I hope we achieve this, then afterwards we'll see". Each country would bring something different to the World Cup while keeping journey times between host cities to a minimum.
According to a US Soccer press release, the number and diversity of cities in Canada, Mexico and the United States represent the most comprehensive and far-reaching hosting strategy ever developed for a mega-sporting event.