In a historic vote held in Moscow on Wednesday, the "United Bid" of Canada, Mexico and the United States beat out Morocco to win the right to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, marking the first time that global soccer's marquee event will touch down on Canadian soil.
The united bid from the three North American countries received 67% of the vote while Morocco garnered 33% of the vote, or 134-65. While the United bid is a co-operative effort, it is the United States that is the undoubted leader, with 60 games - and all matches from the quarter-finals onward - taking place there with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 each.
Earlier in the year, there were fears that opposition to US President Donald Trump could endanger the US-led bid for the 2026 World Cup, but those fears were allayed at the 68th Fifa Congress in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday. Mexico hasn't hosted the tournament since 1986.
In 2010, the US was a finalist to host the 2020 World Cup but lost to Qatar in a vote that was later discredited - but not reversed - because of widespread corruption in FIFA's ranks.
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. The four bidding nations (Canada, Mexico, Morocco and the USA) were not permitted to vote, while the federations of Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands recused themselves.
The Egyptian national team have continued their preparations in their training camp in Grozny, Russia ahead of their opening game against Uruguay on June 15 in the 2018 World Cup's Group A.
"The possibility of hosting the World Cup in Canada would be an absolute game-changing event for the sport in this country", deVos told Sportsnet this week.
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The socks are red and Montopoli wore them when Canada won the right to host the 2015 Women's World Cup as well as the 2012 and 2016 women's Olympic bronze-medal matches.
"We're not missing our own home World Cup".
The Indian team was used to playing a game for 70 minutes, whereas the World Cup rules stated that the matches were 90 minutes each.
"If we get to host in 2026, that's the realization of a lifelong dream, to get back to the World Cup, and to give kids that opportunity to be inspired like I was in 1986".
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.
One has to think all three will receive an automatic pass into the tournament.
Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are Canadian candidate host cities for the men's soccer showcase, expanded to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament. The final was held at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Los Angeles, California, and were played across nine cities throughout the country - a small handful compared to their 2026 bid.