Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament

Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament

2018 will be the 21st Fifa World Cup, 88 years after the inaugural tournament in Uruguay (1930) and for the first time in Russian Federation.

The "United Bid" won the vote 134-65 over Morocco during a special congressional meeting where every single member nation of Federation Internationale de Football Association, excluding the four potential host countries, cast a ballot.

Mexico hosted the 1986 World Cup, while the United States was awarded the tournament in 1994 but Canada, who have appeared just once at the tournament, have never hosted.

By the time the first World Cup ball is kicked in the United States, Mexico and Canada in 2026, MLS will be at least a 28-team league, and if attendance growth and salary spending growth continues at its current pace, the league should be at a point where it is ready to compete with any team in the Western Hemisphere, and most leagues in Europe.

Typically, the host nation gets an automatic berth in the World Cup.

Morocco have now failed with five bids to hold the World Cup and are unlikely now to have the financial means to put together another bid for the foreseeable future.

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With the successful bid, the men's World Cup will be coming to Canada for the first time. Canada has never hosted the World Cup but staged the Olympic Games in 1976, the U17 World Cup in 1987, the U20 World Cup in 2007 and the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015.The 2022 FIFA World Cup finals will take place in Qatar.

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.

Sixty matches will take place in the USA, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each. It's been an incredible year with plenty more to come!

The absence of Italy, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and Chile, who were backed by 13,000 fans during last year's Confederations Cup, has raised the prospect of some games at the World Cup being played to smaller crowds than originally anticipated. Those cities won't be announced until 2020, but Kansas City could be one of them.

He was suspended in December 2015 for eight years, later reduced to six, after an investigation carried out by FIFA's ethics committee.

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