United States, Canada and Mexico awarded 2026 World Cup

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Eleven African countries voted for the joint North American bid

The United States, which hosted the 1994 World Cup, is to host 60 of the 80 matches, including those in the knockout phase, while Canada and Mexico will get just 10 group-stage matches each.

Of the 80 matches, 60 are scheduled to be played in the USA, with Canada and Mexico each set to host 10.

North America on Wednesday won a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Mexico played host to the 1970 and 1986 World Cup.

The 2026 World Cup will expand to 48 qualified teams, up from the 32 that will be going to Russian Federation.

Denver is one of approximately 23 potential host cities under consideration, although the announcement of host cities may not be made until 2021.

The world's biggest sporting event could be on its way to Edmonton.

Carlos Cordeiro, President of the US Soccer Federation, expressed gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the Kingdom's sports authority, in backing the joint bid to host one of the world's premier tournaments. Qatar is set to become the first Middle Eastern country to host the World Cup in 2022, despite controversy surrounding its hot summers and infrastructure needs.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that CAF (Confederation of African Football), has 56 members but 52 were part of the 68th FIFA Congress which took the decision.

The hope is a North American World Cup will inspire the United States team to improve and be ready.

The World Cup is coming back to North America.

The United 2026 bid was chosen over the bid by Morocco in North Africa by a vote of numerous FIFA participating associations.

An optimistic promise of delivering $14 billion in revenue helped sway voters, along with the lack of major construction work required on the 16 planned stadiums, all of which already exist.

It marks the fifth time the North African country has failed to secure the right to host the global football tournament.

"We are grateful for the chance to bring to life FIFA's new vision for the future of football", said Decio de Maria, President of Mexico Football Federation and Co-Chair of the United Bid.

The final North American host cities could be announced as late as 2021, according to the statement.

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