The biggest World Cup tournament the earth has ever seen will be held in 2026 – right here in North America.

On the eve of the men’s 2018 FIFA World Cup opening match in Russia, soccer’s world governing body FIFA awarded the right to host the men’s 2026 World Cup to the United Bid featuring Canada, Mexico and the United States. It will be the first World Cup tournament held across three nations, featuring an expanded field of 48 teams and a record 80 matches.

The North American unified bid defeated the lone competing bid from Morocco, winning the first-ever public vote involving all 203 eligible FIFA member nations by a 134-65 tally, claiming 67 percent of the vote. The four bidding nations (Canada, Mexico, Morocco and the USA) were not permitted to vote, while the federations of Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands recused themselves.

The United Bid scored higher than Morocco in FIFA’s technical report released earlier in June – North America earned an evaluation of 4 out of 5 compared to Morocco’s 2.7 out of 5. Both bids made one final presentation to the FIFA Congress in Moscow just before the vote.

The 2026 edition will be the second World Cup hosted on US soil, and the first one in 1994 still holds the record for the most tickets sold and the most revenue ever generated in addition to leading to the launch of Major League Soccer just two years later. Mexico has served as host on two occasions – in 1970 and 1986 – while Canada has never hosted the men’s World Cup.

Back in December 2010, the United States lost a bid for the 2022 World Cup following a secret ballot held among the 24 members of the FIFA executive committee which awarded the World Cup to Qatar. That voting process was tainted by charges of corruption and wrongdoing, eventually leading to an overhaul of the FIFA voting procedure to include greater transparency.

Statement from MLS Commissioner Don Garber

“The decision to host World Cup 2026 in Canada, Mexico and the United States is a testament to our three nations coming together for the United Bid, and a monumental step in our collective mission to further advance the game of soccer in North America,” read a statement from Major League Soccer.

“We congratulate all of those who worked tirelessly to bring the World Cup back to North America and thank the countries that voted for the United Bid, and for their belief in our vision for the future of the sport in our region,” continued the MLS statement. “There is no doubt that World Cup 2026 will elevate the sport of soccer to entirely new levels and Major League Soccer is honored to be a part of this joyous day.”

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Voting results

Afghanistan United Bid
Albania Morocco
Algeria Morocco
American Samoa United Bid
Andorra United Bid
Angola Morocco
Anguilla United Bid
Antigua and Barbuda United Bid
Argentina United Bid
Armenia United Bid
Aruba United Bid
Australia United Bid
Austria United Bid
Azerbaijan United Bid
Bahamas United Bid
Bahrain United Bid
Bangladesh United Bid
Barbados United Bid
Belarus Morocco
Belgium Morocco
Belize United Bid
Benin United Bid
Bermuda United Bid
Bhutan United Bid
Bolivia United Bid
Bosnia and Herzegovina United Bid
Botswana United Bid
Brazil Morocco
British Virgin Islands United Bid
Brunei Darussalam Morocco
Bulgaria United Bid
Burkina Faso Morocco
Burundi Morocco
Cambodia United Bid
Cameroon Morocco
Canada N/A
Cape Verde Islands United Bid
Cayman Islands United Bid
Central African Republic Morocco
Chad Morocco
Chile United Bid
China PR Morocco
Chinese Taipei Morocco
Colombia United Bid
Comoros Morocco
Congo Morocco
Congo DR Morocco
Cook Islands United Bid
Costa Rica United Bid
Cote d’Ivoire Morocco
Croatia United Bid
Cuba ABSTENTION
Curacao United Bid
Cyprus United Bid
Czech Republic United Bid
Denmark United Bid
Djibouti Morocco
Dominica United Bid
Dominican Republic United Bid
Ecuador United Bid
Egypt Morocco
El Salvador United Bid
England United Bid
Equatorial Guinea Morocco
Eritrea Morocco
Estonia Morocco
Ethiopia Morocco
Faroe Islands United Bid
Fiji United Bid
Finland United Bid
France Morocco
FYR Macedonia United Bid
Gabon Morocco
Gambia Morocco
Georgia United Bid
Germany United Bid
Gibraltar United Bid
Greece United Bid
Grenada United Bid
Guam N/A
Guatemala United Bid
Guinea United Bid
Guinea-Bissau Morocco
Guyana United Bid
Haiti United Bid
Honduras United Bid
Hong Kong United Bid
Hungary United Bid
Iceland United Bid
India United Bid
Indonesia United Bid
Iran NONE OF THE BIDS
Iraq United Bid
Israel United Bid
Italy Morocco
Jamaica United Bid
Japan United Bid
Jordan United Bid
Kazakhstan Morocco
Kenya Morocco
Korea DPR Morocco
Korea Republic United Bid
Kosovo United Bid
Kuwait United Bid
Kyrgyzstan United Bid
Laos United Bid
Latvia United Bid
Lebanon United Bid
Lesotho United Bid
Liberia United Bid
Libya Morocco
Liechtenstein United Bid
Lithuania United Bid
Luxembourg Morocco
Macau Morocco
Madagascar Morocco
Malawi Morocco
Malaysia United Bid
Maldives United Bid
Mali Morocco
Malta United Bid
Mauritania Morocco
Mauritius Morocco
Mexico N/A
Moldova United Bid
Mongolia United Bid
Montenegro United Bid
Montserrat United Bid
Morocco N/A
Mozambique United Bid
Myanmar United Bid
Namibia United Bid
Nepal United Bid
Netherlands Morocco
New Caledonia United Bid
New Zealand United Bid
Nicaragua United Bid
Niger Morocco
Nigeria Morocco
Northern Ireland United Bid
Norway United Bid
Oman Morocco
Pakistan United Bid
Palestine Morocco
Panama United Bid
Papua New Guinea United Bid
Paraguay United Bid
Peru United Bid
Philippines United Bid
Poland United Bid
Portugal United Bid
Puerto Rico N/A
Qatar Morocco
Republic of Ireland United Bid
Romania United Bid
Russia United Bid
Rwanda Morocco
Samoa United Bid
San Marino United Bid
Sao Tome e Principe Morocco
Saudi Arabia United Bid
Scotland United Bid
Senegal Morocco
Serbia Morocco
Seychelles Morocco
Sierra Leone United Bid
Singapore United Bid
Slovakia Morocco
Slovenia ABSTENTION
Solomon Islands United Bid
Somalia Morocco
South Africa United Bid
South Sudan Morocco
Spain ABSTENTION
Sri Lanka United Bid
St. Kitts and Nevis United Bid
St. Lucia United Bid
St. Vincent and the Grenadines United Bid
Sudan Morocco
Suriname United Bid
Swaziland Morocco
Sweden United Bid
Switzerland United Bid
Syria Morocco
Tahiti United Bid
Tajikistan Morocco
Tanzania Morocco
Thailand United Bid
Timor-Leste United Bid
Togo Morocco
Tonga United Bid
Trinidad and Tobago United Bid
Tunisia Morocco
Turkey Morocco
Turkmenistan United Bid
Turks and Caicos Islands United Bid
Uganda Morocco
Ukraine United Bid
United Arab Emirates United Bid
Uruguay United Bid
US Virgin Islands N/A
USA N/A
Uzbekistan United Bid
Vanuatu United Bid
Venezuela United Bid
Vietnam United Bid
Wales United Bid
Yemen Morocco
Zambia Morocco
Zimbabwe United Bid

 

Originally posted on MLS Soccer: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/06/13/usa-canada-and-mexico-win-bid-host-2026-fifa-world-cup