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In a vote of more than 200 member nations of soccer's governing body in Moscow, the so-called United Bid beat out Morocco, 134-65.

After controversy surrounded the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russian Federation and the 2022 finals in Qatar, the vote was the first to be decided by the FIFA congress.

Added Reed: "In our country of Canada we've got three wonderful host cities that have had great success in the past in hosting global sporting events, including the [2015] Women's World Cup, [2014] Women's Under-20 World Cup, [2007] Men's Under-20 World Cup". Late switchers included the Netherlands - which backed the Morocco bid - and South Africa, which supported the US-led bid.

The runaway success of the North American bid was no guarantee as little as four months ago, despite vastly superior infrastructure and the promise of billions in more revenue. Moroccan officials focused on President Donald Trump, citing his immigration policies, and American gun violence.

Behind the scenes though, Trump played diplomat.

Just to add to the complexity, there was a third option for all voters: neither Morocco or United and we would have had to start a new bidding process.

The 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams playing a total of 80 games - 60 are planned in the US and 10 each in Canada and Mexico.

Miami is a ideal city to host World Cup matches.

With the successful bid, the men's World Cup will be coming to Canada for the first time.

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Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, in 1970 and 1986.

In the closing days before the vote, Trump ― who won't be president during the 2026 World Cup, even if he wins re-election in 2020 ― promised that visiting players and fans would not face visa problems around the tournament.

It's also hard not to see, in the eight years leading up to the tournament, cities fighting to host games much as they are competing to attract Amazon's second headquarters, vying to show investment in the sport outside of the event itself.

The United States disappointingly failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, ending its streak of seven consecutive tournament appearances.

Los Angeles is one of 23 proposed host cities and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena one of the stadiums under consideration as a match site.

Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal were the three Canadian cities designated in the bid to possibly host games in the 2026 tournament, which is expanding to 48 team, up from the current 32-team format.

Steven Reed, president of the Canadian Soccer Association, called the FIFA Congress decision "an extraordinary honour and privilege".

Vancouver will watch from the sidelines after the B.C. government, citing concerns over the possible costs of being a host city, was unable to come to terms with the bid committee. The experts had said the bids represented "two nearly opposite ends of the spectrum".


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