The World Cup 2026 will officially be joint-hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States of America after their bid saw off the challenge of Morocco.
Fifa member nations voted in their entirety for which bid they thought was the most applicable to host the World Cup tournament taking place in eight years time.
Of 211 Fifa nations, there were 200 eligible votes. 134 votes went to the joint-bid from ‘United 2026’ from the Americas while only 65 votes went towards Morocco’s bid. Togo voted against both bids.
Both Mexico and the US have hosted World Cup’s in the past, with the Mexican’s staking claim to 1970 and 1986 and the US in 1994.
The appropriate infrastructure already exists within the ‘United 2026’ bid, plus the expectation of a larger profit to emerge from the hosting of the World Cup across the three nations were two of the main influences in attracting the Fifa member nations to vote in their favour.
Carlos Cordeiro, US Soccer president, reacted to the news: “Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege.
“We are all united in football, the beautiful game transcends borders and cultures. Football today is the only victor.”
The World Cup 2026 will take a new format, expanding the competition to the largest team inclusion in its history.
Rather than the 32 teams participating in this year’s tournament, the format will be raised to 48 teams playing 80 matches over just 34 days.
The Football Association praised both World Cup bids but revealed that the ‘United 2026’ bid was the outright better option in their opinion.
“We congratulate the USA, Canada and Mexico on winning the bid to host the 2026 Fifa World Cup. Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent.
“We cast our vote for the United bid as we believe the independent technical assessment made its advantages very clear. However, it is important to note that both bids were deemed to have met the hosting requirements and a tournament in Morocco, close to Europe and in a country that loves football, had a great deal for English football fans to be excited about.
“We are confident that the USA, Canada and Mexico will put on a fantastic event and we look forward to the tournament in 2026.”