African Countries Vote Against Morocco's 2026 World Cup Bid

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The united bid from the three North American countries received 67% of the vote while Morocco garnered 33% of the vote, or 134-65.

The United States will host 60 out of 80 games, with the remaining 20 split evenly between Mexico and Canada.

The 2026 World Cup final will take place in the MetLife Stadium in New York City.

The U.S. last hosted World Cup games in 1996, Mexico last hosted in 1986 and Canada has never hosted men's World Cup matches. For instance, Los Angeles may host the USA opener, Dallas is mentioned as a candidate to host the semifinals, while the final match is expected to take place in Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just outside of New York City.

Morocco's presentation took some not-so-subtle shots at the US, highlighting the fact that guns are banned in Morocco and stating that during the 1994 World Cup even world-renowned soccer stars were unknown in America. Mexico and the United States have each appeared in seven of the past eight World Cups.

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Trump had earlier warned that any countries voting against the North American bid would suffer consequences in trade deals. Hasseltine said. "We want to make sure the legacy lives forever and lives long beyond the games' being here". Like Canada, Japan had previously qualified for only one World Cup.

The World Cup is coming back to America in 2026.

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.

First, North America accelerated its efforts the past four months by sending the three co-chairmen - Cordeiro, Canada's Steven Reed and Mexico's Decio de Maria - on separate lobbying trips around the world.

The Moroccans were seeking to bring the World Cup to northern Africa for the first time.

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The Canadian cities are Edmonton, Alberta; Montreal; and Toronto; and Mexico's are Guadalajara; Mexico City; and Monterrey.

All of these on their own are excellent reasons why hopefully we can persuade the 24 voters on the Fifa Executive Committee in December to award England this great prize. Years later, in the aftermath of a Federation Internationale de Football Association corruption scandal that resulted in numerous criminal indictments, the organisation introduced reforms and changed the process for choosing the World Cup host.

With 48 teams, there will be 16 groups of three teams.

With its fifth attempt to host, Morocco was hoping to be the second African country to host this far-reaching tournament.

The US failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup, missing the tournament for the first time since 1986. Cordeiro contradicted Infantino's statement on the conference call, saying that the decision will be made by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

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The FIFA inspectors had deemed Morocco a "high risk" choice, describing the two bids as "almost at opposite ends of the spectrum".