However, the spending tally provided by Russia's World Cup organizers falls short of the amount spent by Brazil to host the 2014 World Cup. 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.
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They warned "the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality can not be overstated". Canada and Mexico would each host 10 games. However, the New York Times has reported that United bid officials have letters from the USA president saying all teams that qualify - and their fans - will be able to enter the country.
Moroccan officials, who have stressed throughout their campaign how snatching the tournament from under the noses of the North American favourites will transform the landscape of their country, remain quietly confident they can upset the odds. FIFA's bid evaluation report scored it significantly higher than the Morocco bid, with United 2026 earning a score of 4.0 out of five, while Morocco scored 2.7, and the voters responded. "The merits of the bid, we feel we have a compelling proposal". "This is not geopolitics".
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 2026 World Cup will be the fourth men's World Cup hosted in North America, with Mexico hosting it in 1970 and 1986 and the United States previously hosting it in 1994. With a handful of games in Mexico and Canada but the majority in the US, the 2026 bid promises the richest and most lucrative tournament in the history of global soccer. Many in the worldwide community viewed this decision as a reflection of how far Federation Internationale de Football Association has come after years of scandal and widespread corruption, some of which was tied to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding processes.
It prompted an overhaul of the rules.
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Montopoli says there could be as many as 1,000 people in the room when the two rival bids make their presentations.
But FIFA votes are notoriously unpredictable.
Morocco thinks it could but for his part UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said he was in no position to instruct his members how to vote. "Now everyone must choose".
"FIFA was clinically dead as an organization", Infantino said, reflecting on his election in 2016.
Russian president Vladimir Putin had earlier made a speech at the congress, during which he praised FIFA's "commitment to the principle of sports without politics".
The World Cup is returning to North American soil.
But it will likely need heavy support from Europe to pull off a shock win.