The world football governing body, FIFA have revealed that the body will make an $11bn (£8.1bn) profit from the ‘United’ World Cup in 2026 according to US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro.
FIFA have announced that the 2026 World Cup will be jointly-hosted in North America between the United States, Mexico and Canada. That edition of the tournament is set to be the biggest in history, with 48 teams qualifying to take part in the 34-day event.
The announcement was confirmed at the FIFA Congress which took place in Moscow on Wednesday, on the eve of the start of the 2018 edition of the competition.
Morocco’s bid was supported by David Trezeguet, former Real Madrid man Roberto Carlos and Noureddine Naybet, who was critical of the news and disappointed about his country missing out again.
The United 2026 bid has selected 23 host cities, from which the final 16 must be chosen, 10 will be in the United States while the remainder will be split evenly between Canada and Mexico.
Of those 23, only six are from outside the USA: Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey in Mexico, and Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton in Canada.Sixty matches will take place in the US, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each.
The final will be held at the 84,953-capacity MetLife Stadium, which is home to NFL sides the New York Giants and the New York Jets.
The distance between the most northern host city (Edmonton) and the most southern (Mexico City) is almost 3,000 miles, which compares to 1,900 miles at this month’s tournament in Russia.
The tournament will mark the first time a World Cup has been shared by three host nations.
The 1994 World Cup, staged by the US, had the highest average attendance in the tournament’s history, while Mexico was the first nation to host the event twice