Three North American nations – the US, Canada and Mexico will host the World Cup in 2026. The three countries’ bid lead by the USA to host the tournament defeated Morocco by a margin of 69 votes.
Members of the Congress of the International Football Federation (FIFA) at a meeting in Moscow voted to hold the 2026 tournament in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The US-led bid was judged by a FIFA taskforce to be vastly superior to its north African rivals on technical grounds, with a total of 23 stadiums, already built or under construction, at its disposal.
Morocco, while enticing some federations with its commitment to fan engagement in a footballing nation, would have had to build or renovate all of the 14 stadiums in its bid book, Reuters reported.
The results of the vote were announced by the president of FIFA Gianni Infantino.
For the first time in history 48 teams in the tournament in ten US cities, three – Canada and three – Mexico. The final is scheduled to be held in New York.
Since 1930, the World Cup was almost always hosted by one country. The exception was made only once: in 2002, the matches were held in Japan and South Korea.
The USA became the host country of the world championship in football in 1994.
The next football championship will be held in November and December 2022 in Qatar.
The World Cup 2018 is to kick off on June 14 in Russia.