US, Canada And Mexico Win 2026 World Cup Bid

The joint North American countries of United States, Canada and Mexico have won the bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The North American bid beat Morocco’s bid by 134 to 65 votes. This is the first time the World Cup will be hosted by joint countries since 2002, when South Korea and Japan co-hosted […]

The joint North American countries of United States, Canada and Mexico have won the bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

The North American bid beat Morocco’s bid by 134 to 65 votes. This is the first time the World Cup will be hosted by joint countries since 2002, when South Korea and Japan co-hosted the showpiece tournament.

This is the first time three countries will be hosting the competition. However, USA hosted the tournament in 1994, while Mexico has hosted the tournament twice 1970 and 1986 version.

US-governed territories Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and US Virgin Islands abstaining from voting due to a perceived conflict of interest.

Spain also did not vote. Luis Rubiales was not present at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, the RFEF president instead in Krasnodar to deliver the news that Julen Lopetegui had been sacked as coach just two days before their opening game with Portugal.

The winning bid had been seen as the safer option given the standard of facilities and number of stadiums available, while a FIFA evaluation report had called Morocco’s bid “high risk”.

“On behalf of our United Bid, thank you so very much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege, the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026,” an emotional US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on stage after the vote.

“The beautiful game transcends borders and cultures. Football today is the only victor.”

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