United States, Canada and Mexico awarded 2026 World Cup

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Canada hosted the 24-team FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015, as well as the Under-20 World Cup in 2007.

The soccer showpiece will return to the US for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, where the 2018 tournaments starts on Thursday.

Bid leader Cordeiro said his team was "humbled" by the result and predicted the tournament would put football "on a new and sustainable path for generations to come".

"The people of North America have always welcomed me".

Portland was not chosen as one of the finalists to host World Cup matches.

The city has a chance to host warm-up friendly matches and perhaps other events ahead of the global soccer competition, which returns to the United States for the first time since 1994.

The joint-bid predicted that it would be the most profitable event ever staged, which no doubt tempted many countries, whilst the fact no new stadiums would have to be built and the infrastructure was already place gave them an advantage over Morocco. American soccer officials downplayed the influence of politics on the bid.

"Not to comment really on the USA side, but maybe they felt that they wished to go further in some additional letters which they had received from their president", he added.

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Morocco's bid was its fifth failure, after setbacks in 2010, 2006, 1998 and 1994. But that is not carved in stone.

Other cities on the list are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey, Montreal, Nashville, New York/NewJersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, DC. The two highest-ranked teams according to FIFA's rankings will receive byes, while the other four will play knockout games. "So, we see this as a great celebration of football and something that we're looking forward to". There was no professional league, numerous national team players came from New Jersey and California, watching live professional games from Europe was almost impossible, and the World Cup ratings from 1990 in Italy were miniscule.

Some big-name cities also opted out of hosting, including Chicago, Minneapolis, Tampa, and Vancouver, B.C., citing uncertainty over cost.

FIFA's hosting selection process was revamped in the wake of recent scandals enveloping the world governing body of soccer.

A total of 210 members were present and eligible to vote and seven chose to abstain the vote.

More than 200 FIFA member associations will then cast their ballot, deciding who gets to hold soccer's biggest showcase. The North African country claimed 33 per cent of the vote.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted after the victory: "Congratulations, - a great deal of hard work!"

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also took to Twitter.