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The United States of America, Canada and Mexico have won the bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The joint bid by the three countries racked a total of 134 votes while Morocco had 65 votes. The voting took place in Moscow on Wednesday.
The FIFA Council had unanimously decided in favor of expanding the FIFA World Cup™ to a 48-team competition from the 2026 edition. World football’s supervisory and strategic body held its third meeting in Zurich in January and decided on a new tournament format with the 48 national teams split into 16 groups of three. The top two teams from each group will then advance to a 32-team knockout stage.
The new 48-team competition format has been drawn up in such a way that there is no reduction in the overall number of rest days and a guaranteed maximum of seven matches for the teams reaching the final, while the current 32-day tournament duration is kept, so as not to increase the length of time for which clubs have to release their players.
The decision was taken following a thorough analysis, based on a report that included four different format options. The study took into account such factors as sporting balance, competition quality, impact on football development, infrastructure, projections on the financial position and the consequences for event delivery.
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