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US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup finals

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup finals

Russian Federation built on its reputation for lavish spending on sporting events, investing billions of dollars into preparations for the 2018 World Cup, the worldwide soccer tournament that will feature 32 teams playing in 11 cities across the country this month.

The "United Bid" had been favourites from the start but Morocco's promise of a "European World Cup in Africa" was appealing to the committee.

In the unlikely event that the Congress decides not to choose either of the two candidates, FIFA will then launch a fresh procedure by inviting all interested Member Associations (outside the four already involved) in the second phase.Styled the "United Bid", the candidacy of USA-Canada-Mexico says it potentially has 23 host cities, with 17 of these located in the USA.

The 42-year-old, who officiated during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, will be in charge for the Group A match at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The tournament will mark the first time a World Cup has been shared by three host nations. Canada has never held the competition, but it did host the 2015 Women's World Cup. With a handful of games in Mexico and Canada but the majority in the US, the 2026 bid promises the richest and most lucrative tournament in the history of global soccer. The U.S. will host 60 of the 80 matches, including the final, scheduled for MetLife Stadium outside New York City.

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The absence of Italy, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and Chile, who were backed by 13,000 fans during last year's Confederations Cup, has raised the prospect of some games at the World Cup being played to smaller crowds than originally anticipated.

Of the 211 Fifa member nations, 200 cast a vote at the 68th Fifa Congress in Moscow on Wednesday, with the winning bid needing a majority of 104.

The value of World Cup sponsorship may have fluctuated recently, but overall it has grown strongly in the past two decades with Fifa's 2015-2018 cycle revenues representing more than twice the amount for the 1999-2002 period. It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries, Goal reported.

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


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