Fifa members will on Wednesday (June 13) vote on whether to award the 2026 World Cup to a slick North American bid or to Morocco, which has African support to bring football's showpiece event back to the continent.
Additionally, Morocco has been successful in lobbying Federation Internationale de Football Association to stop US overseas territories American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands from voting.
If we're spitballing, it's hard to imagine the United States being forced to qualify for a World Cup in which it's the predominant host.
More details have emerged about how countries voted for the host of the 2026 football World Cup.
As it stands now, 60 games will be played in the United States, with Mexico and Canada hosting 10 each.
The 2026 World Cup will be expanded to 48 teams in 16 groups of three and will consist of 80 games in total.
Officials have already talked of staging three games, one in each of the three countries, to kick off the tournament.
Well, in April 2017, it was announced that Canada, the United States, and Mexico (jointly the CONCACAF, aka the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) would launch a joint bid for the tournament.
"Hosting a FIFA World Cup™ is an extraordinary honor and privilege", said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid.
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Every one of FIFA's 200-plus members holds a single vote, and regions tend to vote in blocks.
The same issue plagued the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, as the distance between venues in Manaus and Porto Alegre was massive.
Despite the latest setback, Morocco vowed to continue its bid to host the tournament in future. "The 2026 World Cup is coming to Canada, the U.S. & Mexico!"
"Not to comment really on the USA side, but maybe they felt that they wished to go further in some additional letters which they had received from their president", he added.
A North American bid is the frontrunner against Morocco to earn the right to host the 2026 World Cup.
Arrowhead Stadium was one of 23 sites included in the joint bid's official tendering to Federation Internationale de Football Association, including 17 in the United States.
The four bidding nations were ineligible from voting, while Ghana were not in attendance.
But bid chief Hicham el Amrani said he was confident the country's infrastructure "could deliver" and made play of the North African nation's position, nine miles from the southern tip of Spain - dubbing it a "European" World Cup.
The American cities that could potentially host games are:Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington.