US, Mexico, Canada embark on World Cup history with winning bid

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There will be 48 nations represented at the tournament in eight years' time - 16 more than will take part in Russian Federation - in an attempt to increase global interest in the World Cup.

The 2026 World Cup is officially coming to the United States, Mexico and Canada, and a joint statement Wednesday indicates Denver will push to host matches in the quadrennial worldwide soccer tournament.

The USA already possesses the sufficient requirements of world-class stadia and global airports to host the tournament and can boast that when they hosted the World Cup in 1994 they set a record for crowds.

Although it would be the first tournament to be hosted by three nations, the vast majority of games will be held in the US. It's not clear how that would work with three countries as co-hosts. Federation Internationale de Football Association promises to publish each voter's selection. The United States is likely to have 10 cities selected to host games, while Mexico and Canada are expected to each have three.

Eight years ago, the USA was in a similar position, when it bid for the 2022 tournament.

US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro speaks at the Fifa Congress in Moscow, Russia ahead of the vote.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup is coming to North America.

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The joint North American bid boasted modern, established stadiums and well-developed transport links underpinned by Mexican football fervour.

While Portland is known for its tremendous support of soccer, the city doesn't have a stadium that would support the attendance numbers expected for a World Cup game.

That suggests that North American bid leaders' promises to deliver a record $11 billion profit for the 2026 tournament are feasible.

Soccer is Mexico's national sport, but is still considered a niche sport in the United States and Canada. "It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the United States bid".

Morocco was counting on the strong support of African countries but it seems the ten nations defied the continental solidarity and voted otherwise.

Organizers had also anxious that the Trump administration's controversial travel ban targeting some Muslim nations could prevent some teams and fans from visiting during the tournament. The only other time multiple countries shared the World Cup was 2002, when Japan and South Korea were given passes into the competition. Trudeau responded by saying that Canadians would "not be pushed around". Mexico and the United States have each appeared in seven of the past eight World Cups. Thus far, cities in contention to host are New York/New Jersey, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Nashville, Orlando, San Francisco/San Jose, and Cincinnati.

Not all of the cities included in the bid will be chosen for the final 16, with a refined list to be put forward around 2021, according to the bid's organizers.