zt Canada to co-host 2026 World Cup

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    The World Cup is coming to Canada.

    FIFA member associations gathering in Moscow on Wednesday voted 134-65 in favour of the joint North American bid by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup, beating out Morocco. There was one No vote.

    "Football today is the only victor," said U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro.

    Morocco, which has now lost five bid campaigns, was classy in defeat — congratulating the North American winners.

    Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, in 1970 and 1986. The U.S. hosted in 1994.

    In its lone previous bid, Canada failed to get hosting approval for the 1986 tournament after Colombia pulled out. That remains the only World Cup the Canadian men have ever qualified for.

    The hosting decision likely opens the door to Canada finally returning to the men's world stage — a widely expected scenario as co-host that has yet to be officially confirmed. But with the tournament expanding from 32 to 48 teams in 2026, tripling the hosts would not cause as many ripples.

    Officials have already talked of staging three games, one in each of the three countries, to kick off the tournament.

    Steven Reed, president of the Canadian Soccer Association, called the FIFA Congress decision "an extraordinary honour and privilege."

    CONCACAF, with its president — Canadian Victor Montagliani — playing a key role in the bid, called the vote a "monumental victory" for the confederation, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.