United States, Canada and Mexico awarded 2026 World Cup

USA-Canada-Mexico to host World Cup 2026

USA-Canada-Mexico to host World Cup 2026

The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico after their joint bid beat Morocco's proposal to host it.

The north Americans pledged their tournament would generate an $11 billion profit, while Morocco, which has now failed in five bids to host a World Cup, said theirs would make five billion.

The North American bid earned a total of 134 votes, while Morocco garnered 65.

"It's a bit emotional for us today", Carlos Cordeiro, president of U.S. Soccer, said after the vote.

The tournament will be played across 11 cities in 12 stadiums and the opening game takes place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow between hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia on the June 14. For the first time in history, FIFA's Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the tournament.

Canada will host men's World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986.

It's expected that Canada and Mexico will stage 10 games each with the US hosting 60.

Meanwhile, the U.S. hosted the World Cup previously in 1994 while Mexico hosted it in 1970 and 1986.

In 2010, the US was a finalist to host the 2020 World Cup but lost to Qatar in a vote that was later discredited - but not reversed - because of widespread corruption in FIFA's ranks.

They warned "the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality can not be overstated".

The VAR will be overseen remotely from a control room in Moscow throughout the tournament and, in a bid to control sweat levels, FIFA is insisting they forgo civilian suits and ties in favour of football shirts and shorts. The final list will come from the 23 candidate cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States that were included as part of the bid.

Canada, meanwhile, did not even make it that far, finishing third behind Mexico and Honduras in the fourth round.

"We're not missing our own home World Cup".

Morocco, on the other hand, promised a "European" World Cup in Africa, playing on the north African nation's proximity to Europe. "It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the USA bid".

CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, has seven slots in the World Cup. It's not clear how that would work with three countries as co-hosts. The Switzerland-based organization reports its revenue in four-year cycles, and most recently claimed $5.7 billion for the cycle culminating in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.