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13 June 2018, 06:59 | Charlene Valdez
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North American soccer fans have something to look forward to beyond Thursday's kickoff of the World Cup in Russian Federation.
The member associations in FIFA, the sport's governing body, favored the North American effort, known as the United Bid, in a landslide vote, 134-65.
In the end, the vote swung North America's way by a comfortable margin. The final will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the National Football League's New York Giants and New York Jets.
Qatar, who will host in 4 years' time, will mark the first time the tournament is played during winter months because of the nation's high temperatures during summertime.
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Earlier, US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro has said his bid would generate $14bn in revenue and make an $11bn profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association.
"And today they betrayed us", Moroccan Olympic champion runner Hicham El Guerrouj, who was active with the bid team, told Reuters. Both the United States and Canada failed to qualify for this year's World Cup.
The tournament will be open to 48 countries for the first time in 2026, with Federation Internationale de Football Association deciding to increase the number from 32 teams in January 2017.
The United Bid was endorsed by David Beckham and there will be 16 host cities across North America with the U.S. holding ten of the 16, while Mexico and Canada will have three each.
"Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour".
The VAR will be overseen remotely from a control room in Moscow throughout the tournament and, in a bid to control sweat levels, FIFA is insisting they forgo civilian suits and ties in favour of football shirts and shorts.
Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are Canadian candidate host cities for the men's soccer showcase, expanded to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament.
By contrast, Morocco appeared too hazardous as a potential host when all 14 venues had to be built or renovated as part of a $16 billion investment in new infrastructure.
Chief among those is US President Donald Trump, whose "America First" approach might score well with his electoral base but may have made the United bid's task harder than it could ever have imagined.
The African nation also received the boost of US-governed territories Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and US Virgin Islands abstaining from voting due to a perceived conflict of interest.
Denis Coderre, who was mayor when the bid was put forward, also sent out a congratulatory tweet. Hosting rights for previous World Cups had been awarded by what was then a 24-person FIFA Executive Committee. It was a veiled threat to withhold USA support from countries opposing the bid.
"But I think where it had the advantage was the World Cup would be more profitable in America and it is a capitalist world".
North America will host 2026 FIFA World Cup
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