The United States of America, Canada, and Mexico will host football’s World Cup 2026 after recording a landslide victory over challengers Morocco at the FIFA Congress.
The joint bid accrued 134 votes (67%) out of the 203 entitled to vote with Morocco registering 65 (33%) when voting took place in Moscow on Wednesday, a day ahead of the Russia World Cup 2018.
The victory meant that North America would be hosting the World Cup for the fourth time with the new 48 team format.
On the other hand, Morocco failed to win the hosting rights to the FIFA event for the fifth time and what would have been the second on African soil.
From the business angle, US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro forecasted his bid would generate $14bn in revenue and make an $11bn profit for FIFA. The bid also expects record ticket and hospitality revenue.
The FIFA 2026 World Cup event will be the first time three nations will be hosting the most prestigious football event, with most of the games set to be played in the US.
“We can focus on the game. We are ready made. Our cities are ready to host today,” said John Kristick, executive director of the United Bid Committee.