Kansas City one of 23 potential game sites for 2026 FIFA World Cup

June 13, 2018 - 6:50 am

MOSCOW (AP) - North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

"The United Bid’s successful effort in bringing the 2026 World Cup to North America is a monumental breakthrough for soccer in the United States, Canada and Mexico.” – Cliff Illig, Sporting Kansas City owner.

READ ➡️ https://t.co/kmBuAMuhRA pic.twitter.com/a2ECnFUn1M

— Sporting KC (@SportingKC) June 13, 2018

Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium is one of the 23 potential sites included in the North American bid.

The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA's elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010.

The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each.

It’s official! The @FIFAcom #WorldCup2026 is coming to North America. Let’s make sure they know #KC is the heart of it all. #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/gl7ExIKzaR

— Jon Stephens (@RockhillStrat) June 13, 2018
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