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The FIFA Congress selected the United Bid over a bid from Morocco in a 134-65 vote early Wednesday morning.

"Hosting a FIFA World Cup is an extraordinary honor and privilege", said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid, in a statement.

"Will the fans need to jump over or take that secret tunnel under wall between United States of America and Mexico in world cup 2026?" a posting by @footballmood asked rhetorically. The World Cup kicks off on Thursday and throughout the whole tournament our team of experts from around the globe will pit their wits against each other and try and predict the result of every match. There will be three hubs in Mexico, three in Canada, and sixteen in the States, all home to National Football League teams. The winning bid listed 17 USA cities, including L.A., San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami and Philadelphia, as potential match sites; organizers will select 10 of those.

Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from NY, said: "While the official name of the bid is United 2026, the three potential host nations are right now anything but united".

Mexico has hosted the World Cup twice, in 1970 and 1986.

After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States chose to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017.

The United States held the World Cup in 1994 while Mexico held it in 1986. Matches in Mexico will be played in Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara; games in Canada will be played in Toronto, Montreal, and Edmonton, according to Pro Soccer Talk.

"I think if we plan well with a program to arrive at 2026, I think Mexico has a good chance of winning the cup", he said. Canadian officials say they will push to keep all three of their host cities.

This will be the first time that Canada will host the tournament.

GRANT WAHL: The U.S. -led bid to host World Cup 2026 has won.

"To have a message coming from football that says actually Mexico, Canada and the United States together can organize the biggest sporting and social event together", Infantino said.

Will the three co-hosts stage a Confederations Cup in advance of the World Cup? The United States will host the remaining 60, including the final. And there will be a maximum of seven games for the teams reaching the final, the same as the current format.

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The trio visited over 150 countries in the buildup to the vote, making individualized pitches to federations at home in North and Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Europe, Oceania and even Africa, where they managed to steal a few votes from some of Morocco's fellow CAF members.



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