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US, Canada and Mexico win joint bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-06-13 19:04
FIFA President Gianni Infantino delivers a speech during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia June 13, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

A total of 210 members were present at the Congress, but seven abstained from voting: the four countries directly involved (USA, Canada, Mexico and Morocco) and three US-governed territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands).

Morocco collected 65 votes, while one voted for neither and three votes were void.

It became a public vote minutes after the ballot, when FIFA made public all the votes on the big screen.

The 2026 World Cup will involve an expanded format, with 48 teams contesting a total of 80 matches, compared to the 32 teams and 64 matches of the upcoming World Cup in Russia.

Before the 15-second vote, FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura read the key points of the bid evaluation report made by a FIFA Task Force.

According to the report, United 2026 received a score of 4.0 out of 5.0 while Morocco's bid scored 2.7 out of 5.0.

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