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U.S., Mexico, & Canada to Host 2026 World Cup

15 June 2018

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"There is inequality in the status of countries around the world so you need laws that will allow the tournament to rotate".

The North Americans have hardly been the Three Amigos of late.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup, the first-ever hosted by Russia, is taking place between June 14 and July 15, 2018, in 11 Russian cities - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.

Under the North America proposal, 60 of the tournament's matches will be held in the USA, including everything from the quarterfinals onwards, while Mexico and Canada will host 10 games each.

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The statement said that the bid organizers were confident that "every eligible fan and member of our FIFA family will have unhindered access to our country to experience and celebrate the 2026 FIFA World Cup".

The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the tournament, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each.

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported Trump had written to FIFA's president three times offering guarantees that teams, officials, and fans would be able to travel into the US, and the tournament would be conducted in an "open and festive manner".

Federation Internationale de Football Association now has the final say on which cities are selected to host games and whether all three countries are guaranteed a place at the tournament.

The soccer showpiece will return to the USA 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.

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Not only did she remind delegates about Morocco's lack of infrastructure but highlighted the North American bid's ability to deliver double the revenue at $14 billion.

Apart from the fact that it was its fifth lost bid campaign in the past 30 years, Moroccans were upset to find out that several of their country's close allies in the Arab world voted against their bid.

"It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the USA bid", Trump wrote.

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U.S., Mexico, & Canada to Host 2026 World Cup