World Cup 2026 is a win for all of CONCACAF - Ricketts

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June 14, 2018
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Delegates of Canada, Mexico and the United States celebrate after winning a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup at the FIFA congress in Moscow, Russia, yesterday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Delegates engaged in a voting process at the FIFA congress on the eve of the opener of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, Russia yesterday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Jamaica Football Federation president, Michael Ricketts, said that USA, Canada and Mexico being named joint hosts for the 2026 FIFA World Cup is not just a win for the three nations, but all of CONCACAF, as a whole.

"These are countries very close to us and being a part of CONCACAF is like a family," Ricketts told STAR Sports. "There are 41 countries in CONCACAF and 31 are from the Caribbean, who make up a significant amount of the countries in the Confederation. So I think that we will be impacted positively and we're looking forward to it."

The decision to hold the competition in the CONCACAF region came after the joint bid had success after a vote held at the annual FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia.

Two hundred national football federations cast their votes at the event, with the three-country bid capturing 134 votes to finish ahead of their closest competition, Morocco, who finished with 65 votes.

Iran is the only country that voted for neither, while Cuba, Slovenia and Spain all decided not to vote at all.

This will mark the first time the United States will host the World Cup Finals since 1994. The last time Mexico hosted the tournament was in 1986, but the country also hosted in 1970. Canada has never hosted before.

- Bradley Jacks

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