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13 Jun 2018
Breaking: US, Canada and Mexico to host FIFA 2026 World Cup

A joint bid by Mexico, Canada and the US has been selected to host the FIFA 2026 World Cup, following a vote by the FIFA Congress today.

The trio beat a rival bid from Morocco in the final vote, which will see the World Cup being held in the US for the second time.

The 2026 event will mark the third time that Mexico will act as host nation, following the 1970 and 1986 World Cups.

In final voting, the joint bid secured 134 votes, or 67 per cent, with Morocco securing 65 votes (33 per cent).

The result of the vote is considered no surprise.

Reports prior to the vote suggest that Fifa’s task force, which inspected each bid across a range of infrastructural and commercial elements, gave the North American bid a score of 402.8 out of 500 – compared to 274.9 for Morocco.

The North American bid also promises to generate a profit of £8.1bn for Fifa, roughly twice the income predicted from a Morocco event (£4.48bn).

“Hosting the 2026 Fifa World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport,” US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said.

“We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the Fifa family have put in our bid; strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the Concacaf region; and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come.”

Cordeiro's words were carefully picked to portray that in football, at least, there is an amicable working relationship between the US and Mexico. The joint bid process had been overshadowed by US president Donald Trump's insistence to pursue plans to build a wall between the two countries – an issue which led to a well-publicised campaign in Mexico for the country to pull out of the bidding process in protest.

Decio de María, president of the Mexico Football Federation, promised that the jointly hosted tournament – the first time more than two countries will act as hosts – will "show the way for future events".

“Together – in partnership with our candidate host cities, the Member Associations, and Fifa – we will use this platform to unite the world around football and help create a new and sustainable blueprint for the future of Fifa World Cups," de Maria said.

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14 Feb 2019
IAAPA winter forum addresses crisis issues
Crisis management and public relations were mixed with water and wildlife as more than 60 attractions industry professionals from 14 countries attended trade association IAAPA’s EMEA Winter Forum in the Canary Islands, Spain, at the end of January 2019.
14 Feb 2019
Speakers announced for Women in Wellness event
The Women in Wellness Leadership Conference, set to take place on 12 March in New York City, has announced a host of speakers designed to motivate attendees and galvanise them to take charge of their careers and lead with confidence.
11 Feb 2019
AEG Facilities and SMG merge to create global venue management business
AEG Facilities and SMG has revealed plans to merge, creating a standalone global facility management and venue services company that will operate as ASM Global.
11 Feb 2019
Tokyo 2020 medals to be made from salvaged metals from recycled electronic devices
All medals at the Tokyo 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made from recycled electronic devices – such as discarded mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops and other handheld devices.
08 Feb 2019
Seven sports secure UK Sport funding to help with Tokyo 2020 plans
Seven sports will receive extra funding to support their plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
08 Feb 2019
Bryan Williams to receive the ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award
Dr Bryan Williams will be the recipient of the 2019 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award. Williams is an international speaker and author who first spoke to ISPA members in 2006 and focuses on service excellence and leadership effectiveness.
05 Feb 2019
Chris Evans launches RunFestRun event
Radio DJ and media personality Chris Evans has launched a new running and music festival.
31 Jan 2019
2021 Rugby League World Cup venues revealed – Old Trafford to host finals day
Old Trafford in Manchester will host the "finals day" of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup (RLWC2021).
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