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Canada part of winning World Cup bid for 2026 men's soccer showcase

Last Updated Jun 13, 2018 at 7:02 am EDT

The World Cup trophy. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Canada has won the right to co-host the 2026 World Cup.

FIFA’s member associations have voted in favour of the joint North American bid by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico over that of Morocco. The vote took place Wednesday at the FIFA Congress in Moscow.

The vote was 134 to 65 with one no-vote.

“Football today is the only victor,” said U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro.

The current blueprint calls for Canada and Mexico to stage 10 games each with the U.S. hosting 60. But that is not carved in stone.

Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal would serve as Canadian host cities for the men’s soccer showcase, expanded to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament.

Morocco has now lost five bid campaigns.

This is the first time that international soccer’s marquee event will touch down on Canadian soil.