FIFA's member associations voted 134 to 65, with one no-vote, Wednesday in favour of the joint North American bid by Canada, the US and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup over that of Morocco at the FIFA Congress in Moscow.
Canada's men's team has not played in the World Cup since 1986 but traditionally, host countries do get to play. However with the introduction of the now popular Indian Super League and the country hosting the U-17 FIFA World Cup past year, and Indian Football Team's captain Sunil Chhetri matching Lionel Messi's record of scoring 64 goals, it seems like a bright future lies ahead for Indian Football.
Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, in 1970 and 1986.
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The 1994 World Cup, the only one played in the USA, was the most financially successful and best-attended tournament in history.
For Morocco, it was the fifth time it had bid for the hosting rights to the football World Cup, calling it "the dream of a nation".
Just to add to the complexity, there was a third option for all voters: neither Morocco or United and we would have had to start a new bidding process.
The North American victory suggests football officials are ready to gather for a World Cup in a country whose government has demonstrated its willingness to jail corrupt sports leaders through undercover investigations.
Herdman said there is precedent for the nations involved in joint bids being granted entry, pointing to Japan and South Korea in 2002. Canada, which has only qualified for the World Cup once, in 1986, has hosted a number of previous Federation Internationale de Football Association events, including the 2015 Women's World Cup.
But did you know that India had qualified for a World Cup before? Canada and Mexico would each host 10 games.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would be glad to see all guests here in Moscow and certainly this concerns the guests from the United States at the highest level", Peskov said, speaking on whether Trump could be invited to Moscow as a guest at the World Cup.
Typically, the host nation gets an automatic berth in the World Cup.
Herdman pointed to the performance of national team member Alphonso Davies, 17, who spoke to delegates ahead of their vote Wednesday, as representative of the quality of the young talent on his team.
Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are Canadian candidate host cities for the men's soccer showcase, expanded to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament. The tournament will still take place over 32 days. Elsewhere in the region, Philadelphia is also under consideration for the 2026 competition, as are Boston and Cincinnati. Since the World Cup was held in Brazil, it would have taken Indian players at least three to four months to reach the country by ship.
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