The USA, Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup after seeing off the bid of Morocco.
The vote took place on Wednesday morning by ballot paper in Moscow which marked the conclusion of the 68th FIFA Congress, which took place on the eve of the World Cup beginning in Russia. Qatar are hosting the competition in 2022. The bid by the trio was the front runner from the get go since it was announced that they would all combine to make a bid to host the World Cup.
Morocco made a bid for the fifth time, but proved unsuccessful this time around again and according to sources it was going to be a close ballot as no one wanted to make a public prediction to the media or anything. In total 207 member associations, minus the 4 bidding nations cast their ballots. In the end the results were so clear with the vote going 134 to USA, Canada and Mexico, to 65 to Morocco. The 2026 World Cup will be different as their will be an expansion of teams to 48, rather than the 32 at present. This will mean 16 groups of three teams, meaning a total of 80 games.
This was the first World Cup vote since 2010, when two hosts were named and afterwards investigators from Switzerland and the USA unveiled corruption on a major scale. Speaking about the successful bid, US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro said “It’s a bit emotional for us today,” He went on to thank everyone for entrusting them to host the World Cup in 2026. He said ”Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026.”The beautiful game transcends borders and cultures. Football today is the only victor. “And in that spirit we wish all Russian hosts and all the teams competing here the very best of luck.”