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Ahead of tomorrow's World Cup in Russia, FIFA has announced that the U.S., Mexico, and Canada have won a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, reports NBC.

The vote, which occurred a day before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, is also the first time three nations have been selected to co-host a Cup and the first time it will be played in North America since the United States hosted in 1994.

"Thank you for the incredible privilege", US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro told voting delegates from 203 countries today.

Seventeen sites across the United States will host, including Philadelphia and East Rutherford, NJ, which will host the 2026 World Cup Final at MetLife Stadium.

"So, basically NAFTA is hosting the 2026 World Cup". Kansas City is among 23 cities listed in the bid as candidate cities to host some of the 80 matches that will be played in the three countries over the course of the event.

Mexico also played host in 1970 and 1986 but Canada has never done so before.

The 2026 World Cup has 48 teams playing a total of 80 games: 60 planned for cities across the US, and 10 games in potentially three different cities in both Canada and Mexico. And now here's eight years where you can prepare for a World Cup in the United States, and in Mexico and Canada, there's a whole industry that's going to develop around this tournament. Three cities each in Canada and Mexico will also host games.

As a result, Fifa's executive committee is no longer responsible for the final say on which country is awarded a World Cup.

The 2026 tournament will be the first to have 48 teams. Football is known as soccer in the United States.

"I think if we plan well with a program to arrive at 2026, I think Mexico has a good chance of winning the cup", he said.

Pre-World Cup training camps, albeit depending on the stature of the national teams, are usually elaborate operations featuring highly paid pro players who gather with their national sides about a month before the competition starts.

The 2015 Women's World Cup was played on artificial turf, prompting a human rights complaint from a group of elite female players.

It would likely open the door to Canada finally returning to the men's world stage - a widely expected scenario as co-host that has yet to be officially confirmed.

Fox, Fox Sports and Telemundo Deportes have US broadcast rights to this year's tournament - for which the USA national team failed to qualify - and also for 2026.

"I mean, this is like football Christmas for anyone", said the coach of Canada's national team, John Herdman, who called the decision a game-changer that will help stop the exodus of Canadian soccer players.