Edmonton likely to host matches, as North America wins bid

US Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

The North American bid beat competition from Morocco, which was hoping to become just the second African country to host soccer's biggest worldwide tournament.

In a vote of more than 200 member nations of soccer's governing body in Moscow, the so-called United Bid beat out Morocco, 134-65.

"Football today is the only victor".

The FIFA World Cup 2018 opening ceremony will take place at 6.30 pm IST on June 14, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Canada will host men's World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986.

Team Canada player and Whitecaps forward Alphonso Davies shares his story of being welcomed with open arms by Canadians and explains that he knows the people of North America will do the same for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ if the United Bid wins the vote. The U.S. proposed to host 60 out of the 80 matches, leaving Canada and Mexico with 10 fixtures each.

Meanwhile, the USA hosted the World Cup previously in 1994 while Mexico hosted it in 1970 and 1986. Canada has never held the competition, but it did host the 2015 Women's World Cup.

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It is the fifth time Morocco has failed with a bid to host the tournament.

Delegates had been faced with a clear choice - the joint North American bid boasts modern, established stadiums and well-developed transport links underpinned by Mexican football fervour.

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. North America had to fend off a competing bid from Morocco, and fight through some rough seas.

Canada, meanwhile, did not even make it that far, finishing third behind Mexico and Honduras in the fourth round. The U.S. government's ongoing investigation into corruption in global soccer rattled FIFA's old guard in its halls of power.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said he will attend the World Cup as a guest of Russian president Vladimir Putin. The congress is to choose the host or hosts for the 2026 World Cup.

"We believe strongly that this decision will be made on its merits", Cordeiro, the bid leader, told reporters. The organization is set to earn more than $6 billion in the four-year cycle tied to this year's World Cup, with an estimated profit exceeding $100 million.

"We are very excited and humbled that the FIFA Member Associations have entrusted the CONCACAF region with the honor of hosting the 2026 World Cup in its new extended format", CONCACAF said in a statement.

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