Joint USA, Canada, Mexico bid to host 2026 World Cup; FFA chairman Steven Lowy


THE United States, Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup after their mixed efforts knocked off the bid by Morocco to take the event again to Africa for the primary time since 2010.

Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy confirmed he had backed the final word winner but in addition mentioned the brand new voting guidelines carried out by FIFA after the controversy generated by Russia being awarded the 2018 event and Qatar the 2022 model had restored confidence in how such occasions had been awarded.

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Australia spent $50 million making an attempt to win the 2022 occasion however obtained solely a single vote.

“This course of was a really stark distinction to the final course of,’’ Lowy mentioned in Moscow.

“The bid books had been made public, the technical course of was essential, the voting was very clear and that makes nations like Australia have far more confidence in making these bids.’’

Australia is bidding to convey the 2023 Women’s World Cup to Australia and Lowy mentioned that “we really feel like Australia can actually make a really compelling proposition for world soccer, not only for girls’s soccer’’.

Lowy mentioned whereas Morocco had made a very good case the joint effort of the three profitable nations was too good to ignore.

“The united bid clearly got here out in entrance in a technical evaluation, a lot decrease danger and a a lot better monetary end result for FIFA which is within the pursuits of soccer all over the world and that’s what drove our determination,’’ he mentioned.

The united bid projected it could make a revenue of $14 billion, twice what Morocco would have delivered.

The US, Canada and Mexico attracted 134 votes to Morocco’s 65 to host the occasion which can broaden to 48 groups from the present 32.

US President Donald Trump tweeted following the affirmation of the win: “The U.S., along with Mexico and Canada, simply bought the World Cup. Congratulations – an excessive amount of arduous work!”

President Trump has lately been at struggle with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and maintains a want to construct a wall alongside the US-Mexican border.

Lowy additionally mentioned he believed Australia had an opportunity to qualify for the second spherical of the World Cup in Russia.

“A cross mark is to be right here within the first place, however little doubt the group need to do very well,’’ he mentioned.

“It could be good to get by to the spherical of 16 but it surely’s extremely arduous.’’

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