68th FIFA congress
68th FIFA congress

USA, Mexico and Canada have been choosing by the FIFA Congress as the host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. In a press release issue by FIFA media department and posted on their website, the football governing body stated

“Today 13 June, the 68th FIFA Congress convened in Moscow and designated that the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be staged in Canada, Mexico and the United States as the hosts of football’s most prestigious tournament, which will be played with 48 teams.

The United Bid received 134 of 200 votes cast, or 67 per cent. Morocco tallied 65 votes (33 per cent), and one single member association voted not to choose either of the two bids.”

Despite the successful hosting of the World Cup in South Africa, Africa lost the opportunity to host the event as the decision paved way for the World Cup to return to North America bearing in mind that huge controversy that followed the selection of Qatar as host of the 2022 edition of the event. North America last hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1994 in Atlanta.

The Congress, among other decisions, ratified the 2017 Financial Report and approved the budget for the 2019-2022 cycle, with an unwavering focus on football development.

The budget for the FIFA Forward Programme will be increased by USD 667 million to a total of USD 1.746 billion. As a result, the investment in development & education increases by 41 per cent compared to the current cycle.

The 69th FIFA Congress is scheduled for 5 June 2019, in Paris, on the eve of the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.



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