Canada to officially host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

The former Nigeria global striker had earlier made an impassioned plea to the Congress to back a bid for another World Cup in Africa after South Africa hosted the 2010 tournament.

Presentation of the Morocco 2026 bid during the 68th FIFA Congress at the Expocentre in Moscow on June 13, 2018.

Major League Soccer released the following statement: "The decision to host World Cup 2026 in Canada, Mexico and the United States is a testament to our three nations coming together for the United Bid, and a monumental step in our collective mission to further advance the game of soccer in North America".

Meanwhile, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said she is thrilled the joint bid was successful.

Iran was the lone association to choose the "none of the above" option in the electronic voting.

The government said the bid committee's terms included Federation Internationale de Football Association being able to unilaterally change the stadium agreement at any point. "If given the opportunity, I know they will welcome you", he added.

Perhaps more surprising is the success the North American bid had in the African confederation (CAF).

BMO Field in Toronto is pictured on Wednesday.

The United States notched its one and only win at the 2018 World Cup Wednesday, joining with Canada and Mexico to beat out Morocco for the right to host the 2026 World Cup.

Hasseltine said. "We want to make sure the legacy lives forever and lives long beyond the games' being here".

Benin, Botswana, Cape Verde Islands, Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe all threw their votes the North American way.

"We cast our vote for the "United" bid as we believe the independent technical assessment made its advantages very clear". The vote tally was 134-65.

210 members were present with 203 members entitled to vote.

In a report comparing United 2026 World Cup bid cities released earlier this month, Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium was ranked as the fifth best stadium in the united bid. Qatar, the 2022 host, chose Morocco. Then the remaining four teams will play, with the winners securing the final two spots in the tournament. Unimpressed, Spain fired him on the spot.

Brazil, China and North Korea were among those to support Morocco.

The announcement was made on Wednesday morning at the 68th FIFA Congress, just one day before the opening of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Meanwhile Fifa fraternity also voted to maintain the headquarters of the soccer governing body at Zurich in Switzerland.

"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the Fifa World Cup in 2026", said an emotional Carlos Cordeiro, the president of the USA soccer federation, on the eve of this summer's tournament in Russia.

"The FIFA bid agreement contained clauses that left British Columbians at an unacceptable risk for additional costs", Beare said.

Vanessa Coleman

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