Money talks for Federation Internationale de Football Association as Morocco pays price for Infantino’s expansion plan

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Federation Internationale de Football Association announced Wednesday that the US, Canada, and Mexico had beat out Morocco to play host to the 2026 sporting event, the first to be awarded to three countries and the first featuring Canada as host.

The joint bid received 134 votes to 65 for Morocco.

Earlier in the year, there were fears that opposition to US President Donald Trump could endanger the US-led bid for the 2026 World Cup, but those fears were allayed at the 68th Fifa Congress in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday.

The 2026 World Cup is to be the first to feature 48 teams, compared to the 32 that are to compete in Russian Federation and Qatar.

Since the USA first hosted the World Cup in 1994 (Denver wasn't one of the host cities), it has been in France, South Korea and Japan (joint-bid), Germany, South Africa and Brazil, with the Russia World Cup beginning on Thursday. The US will see the majority of the action, however, hosting 60 of 80 matches, including the final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, per the New York Times.

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. Mexico hasn't hosted the tournament since 1986. "This is a reward for our unwavering belief and commitment to the growth of soccer, and we will continue to make major strides over the next eight years to ensure that we stage an unforgettable World Cup".

The United States was defeated in the final round of voting to determine the 2022 World Cup host.

The joint North American bid was considered a heavy favorite from the outset and earned high marks from FIFA's bid evaluators because it will, in theory, require less construction and lower costs than the Moroccan bid, which carried an estimated price tag above $15 billion.

The World Cup is coming back to America.

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. Mexico has played in every World Cup since 1990.

Next, Fifa's evaluation task force raised serious doubts about Morocco's capacity to host the World Cup.

With 48 teams, there will be 16 groups of three teams. Canada qualified once, in 1986. Matches in Mexico will be played in Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara; games in Canada will be played in Toronto, Montreal, and Edmonton, according to Pro Soccer Talk.

The Rose Bowl and Camping World Stadium were venues in 1994. FIFA said in May 2017 that the question will be answered by the FIFA Council at a later date, and no decision was made on Wednesday.

Two notable absences, Chicago and Vancouver, did not agree to Fifa's requirements for hosting games and withdrew from consideration.

But the result was a bitter blow for Morocco after a fifth failed bid.