In a historic vote held in Moscow on Wednesday, the "United Bid" of Canada, Mexico and the United States beat out Morocco to win the right to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, marking the first time that worldwide soccer's marquee event will touch down on Canadian soil. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015. Of the Moroccan support of note, Brazil, Italy, France, Qatar and North Korea opted to back the African country.
Member associations voted Wednesday at the FIFA Congress in Moscow in favour of the North American bid over that of Morocco.
Mexico has previously hosted two World Cups, in 1970 and 1986.
The vote was conducted on the eve of the 2018 World Cup, which is scheduled to kick off Thursday in host nation Russian Federation. With three host countries, it would be natural to give all three host sides a Day 1 showcase. A "none of the bids" vote was placed by Iran.
The U.S. metro areas in the running are Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium), Boston (Gillette Stadium), Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium), Dallas (AT&T Stadium), Denver (Sports Authority Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl and the new National Football League stadium), Miami (Hard Rock Stadium), Nashville (Nissan Stadium), New York (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Camping World Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), San Jose (Levi's Stadium), Seattle (Century Link Field) and Washington (FedEx Field).
For Morocco, it was the fifth time it had bid for the hosting rights to the football World Cup, calling it "the dream of a nation". The United States, which hosted the 1994 World Cup, is to host 60 of the 80 matches, including those in the knockout phase, while Canada and Mexico will get just 10 group-stage matches each.
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This is the first World Cup since 2006 to be hosted in Europe.
The expanded 2026 men's event, featuring 48 teams for the first time, will be played in 16 different cities - 10 in the USA, plus three sites in both Canada and Mexico. It was all for wearing that jersey, to represent my country and get us to a World Cup. The tournament will still take place over 32 days.
Three Canadian cities - Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto - could potentially host matches.
The United bid made a presentation to UEFA officials on Tuesday, with CSA president Steve Reed handling the Canadian portion.
But there is no more unpredictable entity in global sport than soccer's governing body, even as it loudly claims to have cleaned up its act after being engulfed in financial scandal in recent times. Mexico has played in every World Cup since 1990.
Morocco has been deemed "high risk" in the above factors - including transport, accommodations and stadiums - leading the United States to outscore them ahead of the June 13 bid.