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US, Canada and Mexico united effort defeats Morocco to host 2026 finals

The United States, Canada and Mexico have won the right to host the 2026 World Cup after a vote of Fifa delegates in Moscow.

A joint bid by the three North American countries under the name 'United' saw off the challenge of Morocco, winning over two-thirds of the vote.

The United bid persuaded 134 of the 203 delegates present and eligible to vote at the 68th annual Fifa congress, which was held on the eve of the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Morocco hoped to become the second African nation to host the tournament, but earned just 65 votes and suffered defeat in the bidding process for the fifth time.

The World Cup will return to North America in 2026 for the first time since 1994, when the United States hosted alone.

Mexico has staged the World Cup twice previously, in 1970 and 1986, while Canada hosted the Women's World Cup in 2015.

The 2026 tournament will be the second World Cup hosted in more than one country, following Japan and South Korea's joint effort in 2002. Canada and Mexico will stage just 10 games each, however.

The US will host 60 matches, including all games from the quarter-finals onwards.

The 2026 tournament will generate $14bn (£10.3bn) in revenue, including an $11bn (£8.1bn) profit for Fifa.

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