World Cup awarded to North America

Morocco Will Complete 2026 World Cup Infrastructure Projects Despite Defeat

Morocco Will Complete 2026 World Cup Infrastructure Projects Despite Defeat

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was responding to a journalist who asked if Putin would invite officials from North America to Moscow if the United States won a bid to host a future soccer World Cup.

The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco.

The expanded 2026 men's event, featuring 48 teams for the first time, will be played in 16 different cities - 10 in the US, plus three sites in both Canada and Mexico.

Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from NY, said: "While the official name of the bid is United 2026, the three potential host nations are right now anything but united".

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. Morocco's bid garnered a score of 2.7, along with a stark warning from the inspection team that "the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality can not be overstated".

U.S. soccer president Carlos Corderio said after his bid's success on Wednesday: "It's a bit emotional for us today". President Trump promised athletes would be able to enter the U.S. "without discrimination" ahead of the decision, per CNN.

Canada and Mexico have already named its three host cities. "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?" he wrote.

"We are very excited and humbled that the FIFA Member Associations have entrusted the CONCACAF region with the honor of hosting the 2026 World Cup in its new extended format", CONCACAF said in a statement.

"We believe strongly that this decision will be made on its merits", Cordeiro, the bid leader, told reporters.

This was the first World Cup vote since 2010, when United States and Switzerland investigators unveiled corruption on an unprecedented scale afterwards. North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup.

To cut down on travel, the USA -led bid proposed having teams play all their games in the same regional areas.

"FIFA was clinically dead as an organization", Infantino said, reflecting on his election in 2016.

The United Bid is expected to generate more than $14 billion in revenue and $11 billion in profits for FIFA, which will be shared with the 211 FIFA Member Associations, helping further develop and expand the game of football across the globe.

The United Bid scored higher than Morocco in FIFA's technical report released earlier in June - North America earned an evaluation of 4 out of 5 compared to Morocco's 2.7 out of 5.

But it will likely need heavy support from Europe to pull off a shock win.

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