The United States, Canada and Mexico will jointly host the 2026 World Cup after beating bid rival Morocco, FIFA has announced.
Morocco and a combined ‘United Bid’ between the United States, Canada, and Mexico are fighting for the right to stage the biggest World Cup ever held – with 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days.
After the controversial award of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively, Fifa has promised a “more open and transparent” vote this time.
Both bids made their final appeals to UEFA voters in Moscow on Tuesday. Both bids made their final appeals to UEFA voters in Moscow on Tuesday, with Morocco and United receiving a vast show of support from their respective confederations.
Just to add to the complexity, there was a third option for all voters: neither Morocco or North America which would have started a new bidding process.
But North America came out on top and were confirmed as the hosts of the 2026 showpiece on the eve of this year’s World Cup in Russia.
North America: 134
None of the above: 1
Long-haul flights & three nations