LEAD: 2016 FIFA WC: US, Canada, Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Moscow, Russia (PANA) - The US, Canada and Mexico will jointly host the 2026 FIFA World Cup as Morocco lost out for the fifth time in its desire to host the most prestigious sports festival in the world.

At the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday the United Bid received 134 of 200 votes cast, or 67 per cent. Morocco tallied 65 votes (33 per cent), and one member association voted not to choose either of the two bids.

Following the publication of the FIFA Bid Evaluation Task Force's report, the FIFA Council designated two bids – the one jointly submitted by the Canadian Soccer Association, the Mexican Football Association and the United States Soccer Federation, as well as the one submitted by the Moroccan Football Association – to be voted on by the Congress.

The vote for the 2026 World Cup was entrusted to the 211 member associations, minus the bidding countries, to reduce the risk of corruption. The 2026 World Cup will for the first time feature 48 teams.

This will be the second time the US will be hosting the World Cup after 1994 while Canada has never hosted it. Mexico has hosted it twice - 1970 and 1986.
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13 june 2018 11:36:18

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