North America wins bid to host 2026 World Cup

World 6/13/2018, 1:02 PM
North America wins bid to host 2026 World Cup

The North American joint bid comprising the United States, Mexico and Canada won the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup over Morocco, FIFA announced on Wednesday. The United bid received 124 votes while 65 members of the football association voted for Morocco.

The 2026 World Cup will feature 48 teams, the most to date, and will be played in 16 different cities. The United bid was projected to earn $11 billion, while Morocco promised profits of $6 billion. However, as US President Donald Trump's protectionist trade policies recently stirred up tensions on the continent, some questioned the viability of the joint North American bid. Another issue brought up by members were President Trump's immigration policies, including the so-called travel ban which blocks people from several predominantly-Muslim countries from entering the US.

However, since March the US president sent three letters to FIFA, assuring them that "all eligible athletes, officials, and fans from all countries around the world would be able to enter the United States without discrimination" if North America is to host the major sporting event.

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