US, Mexico, Canada win 2026 World Cup bid

South Korea fans at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

The World Cup is to return to North America for a fourth time after Federation Internationale de Football Association members voted to award the right to host the 2026 tournament to a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The soccer showpiece will return to the US for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, where the 2018 tournaments starts on Thursday. Players who are now 12-18 are now presented with the massive opportunity of representing their country on the biggest stage in the world, and, thanks to a much more reserved announcement several weeks back, they now have several more pathways to work toward doing just that.

Venues for the 2026 World Cup, which is slated to be the first WC to feature 48 teams, will be chosen from 23 stadiums that now exist or are already under construction.

The current plan is for the host 60 matches.

But which cities and stadiums will host games at the tournament is still being determined.

The other Canadian cities included on the list are Toronto and Edmonton. Not to speak of the over 7 billion people in all continents of the globe, who are following this great football event on their TV screens, Saudi Press Agency said Wednesday.

In March, B.C. Premier John Horgan said he was not willing to write a "blank cheque" to have Vancouver host soccer matches for the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

USA, Canada and Mexico had been considered favourites throughout the bidding process, despite some suggesting the controversial politics of American president Donald Trump could help Morocco.

Montreal city Coun. Rosannie Filato, who is responsible for sports and recreation, said the city implemented an action plan in 2016 to host global sporting events and is investing in transit systems.

"I'm in the middle of Moscow and you can just sense the World Cup is just around the corner", RT's Peter Schmeichel says of the Russian capital.

While Canada has never hosted-or even qualified for-the men's World Cup, it can count on its more experienced co-hosts and current NAFTA partners. "That is something over the next eight years that we'll look at from a (Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment) standpoint, an Exhibition Place standpoint".

This was the first World Cup vote since 2010, when U.S. and Switzerland investigators unveiled corruption on an unprecedented scale afterwards.

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