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Cassandra Castillo | 13 June, 2018, 17:45

In a historic vote held in Moscow on Wednesday, the "United Bid" of Canada, Mexico and the United States beat out Morocco to win the right to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, marking the first time that global soccer's marquee event will touch down on Canadian soil.

Morocco, which has now lost five bid campaigns, was classy in defeat - congratulating the North American winners. An African bid, a North American bid, a South American bid and an Oceanic bid were the only possible outcomes.

Cordeiro claimed the 2026 World Cup will generate $14 billion in revenue - that is an $11 billion profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Mexico has previously hosted two World Cups, in 1970 and 1986.

"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026", Carlos Cordiero, the president of US Soccer told the delegates from more than 200 member nations following the vote. It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries, Goal reported. Both bids made one final presentation to the FIFA Congress in Moscow just before the vote.

The 80 matches in the 2026 tournament, involving an expanded roster of 48 teams, will be held in stadiums scattered throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The joint bid had been the front-runner for the 48-team tournament from the moment a North American coalition was first mooted two years ago, and there have been spells when it has looked like the only credible candidate.

While the USA and Mexico have become World Cup mainstays throughout the tournament's past, this is particularly pertinent for Canada - who has appeared in just one World Cup (1986).

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For Morocco, it was the fifth time it had bid for the hosting rights to the football World Cup, calling it "the dream of a nation".

The 2026 edition will be the second World Cup hosted on U.S. 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.

Typically, the host nation gets an automatic berth in the World Cup.

Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are in the running to be among the 16 host cities.

The United Bid is expected to generate more than $14 billion in revenue and $11 billion in profits for FIFA, which will be shared with the 211 FIFA Member Associations, helping further develop and expand the game of football across the globe.

In rating the risk assessment of both bidders, with grades of low-, medium- and high-risk, FIFA's own bid evaluation report gave Morocco three high-risk grades (stadiums, accommodation, and accommodation and transport), 10 medium and seven low.

The key number is 104 but there is also the freakish and unprecedented scenario where both bids get rejected.

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USA, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup USA, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup Just to add to the complexity, there is a third option for voters: neither Morocco or United and we start a new bidding process. What time is the World Cup on and where can I watch it in Hong Kong? " Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honor ".