Morocco congratulates North America on World Cup 2026 win

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup as Morocco lose out

But compared to North America, Morocco's bid existed largely on paper - many stadiums and roads would have had to have been built and critics questioned how it would have coped with the 2026 tournament, which will be expanded to 48 teams.

While the US and Mexico have become World Cup mainstays throughout the tournament's past, this is particularly pertinent for Canada - who has appeared in just one World Cup (1986).

Said Belkhayat, a four-time member of Morocco's World Cup bid committee, told AFP: "Like all Moroccans, I am sad and disappointed".

The World Cup will expand to 48 teams and 80 games for 2026 and the USA will stage 60 of those matches.

Brazil's Pele is the only player to win three World Cups: in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the Fifa World Cup in 2026", said an emotional Carlos Cordeiro, the president of the USA soccer federation, on the eve of this summer's tournament in Russia. It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries, Goal reported.

The specific dates will be set by FIFA in the future, including the date for the FIFA World Cup Official Draw which usually takes place the December before the tournament (in this case December 2025). Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent.

Its new president, Gianni Infantino, who was believed to favour the United States bid, told congress that Federation Internationale de Football Association was "clinically dead" when he took over in 2016.

North America received backing from former Manchester United and LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham as he believes the "fans passion for football would make the event very special".

Five times they have bid, and five times they have been overlooked - Morocco are perhaps destined to never host a World Cup. That would bring each of FIFA's 211 members $50 million.

The same evaluation task force later expressed concerns over stadiums, the availability of accommodation, and the travel network, despite ratifying their proposals. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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