North America to Hold the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Muneer and his club members

Muneer and his club members

In the end, Morocco garnered just 65 votes. Instead, Fifa member nations cast their votes. Scotland and Wales are obvious junior partners in a set-up that could mirror the 60-10-10 split of games to host picked by the North Americans.

President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations following the bid's success.

Up to 16 venues for United 2026 - the first World Cup to include 48 teams - will be selected from among 23 stadiums that exist or already are under construction, including three each in Mexico and Canada.

The FA was among the first to congratulate the US' joint bid with Mexico and Canada.

This is the 5th time the North African nation has failed in its bid to host the World Cup. American soccer officials downplayed the influence of politics on the bid.

The matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played out in 12 stadiums, located in 11 cities and spread over 1,800 miles across Russian Federation. Yet, nobody would mistake any of the potential candidates as a friend of Donald Trump, and with recent sparring between the US president's administration and Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the same can be said for the northern nation's leader.

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However, Achilles has gained a lot of popularity in the past few months and football fans will surely be following his predictions closely during the FIFA World Cup 2018.

The midfielder set a new record four years ago for Most FIFA World Cup finals as captain (Brazil 2014 was his fourth tournament as Mexico's skipper) and he could well lead his country at a fifth World Cup having been included in their squad.

North Korea instead opted for the Moroccan proposals that were dismissed by FIFA inspectors as high-risk in three areas and overwhelmingly rejected by the football world.

While the U.S. and Canada did not even qualify for this year's World Cup which kicks off Thursday in Russia, North America might be the apt location to expand the tournament to 48 teams from 32, which Federation Internationale de Football Association has elected to do for the first time in 2026.

The regional bid proved more appealing this time and the North Americans even collected 11 votes from Africa.

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