World Cup 2026: USA, Canada and Mexico joint bid wins vote to host tournament – video

North America will host the 2026 World Cup after Fifa nations overwhelmingly backed the financial and logistical certainty of a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico over a risky Moroccan proposal. The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by Fifa’s elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010. The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco. The 2026 tournament will be the first expanded tournament featuring 48 teams, up from the current 32-team tournament, which begins in Russia on Thursday. The US has proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals for the first time, leaving Canada and Mexico with 10 fixtures each.

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