The U.S., Canada, and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters granted the joint North American proposal the honor over a bid from Morocco.
The vote came during the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday, as officials voted 134-65 to allow the massive soccer tournament to return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994, according to The Associated Press.
The moment our united dream became a reality! 🇨🇦🇲🇽🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/rCTiTcxGXj
— United 2026 (@united2026) June 13, 2018
Voters were swayed by an estimated revenue of $14 billion for the North American bid, as well as minimal construction work required at the 16 stadiums planned to host matches.
Morocco, on the other hand, seemed a more risky proposal as all 14 of its stadiums would have needed to be built or renovated and revenue estimates were well below the U.S.-led bid. This is the fifth time Morocco has lost a vote to host the World Cup.
According to the joint North American proposal, the U.S. will host 60 games, while Canada and Mexico will each host 10. The 2026 World Cup will be the first year that 16 additional teams will be added to the finals.
The vote comes as the U.S. misses out on this year's World Cup in Russia, and many soccer fans hope the North American bid will popularize the sport throughout the country.
2026 USA-Mexico-Canada World Cup is game changer for all those who love Soccer in America. The sheer scale of the investment that will now pour into the game means that in 8 years time, Soccer could vie with NBA to be America’s Favorite Sport 😉🇺🇸
— roger bennett (@rogbennett) June 13, 2018
Despite public feuding between President Donald Trump and the leaders of Canada and Mexico over trade and immigration issues, the joint proposal, branded United 2026, promises to strengthen international ties as the first tournament to be hosted by three countries.
The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup. Congratulations - a great deal of hard work!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
The vote also comes amid concern about the policies of the Trump administration, including travel restrictions on several Muslim-majority countries.
The 2026 World Cup will be Canada's first time hosting games for the tournament, while Mexico last hosted the event in 1986.
The 2018 World Cup in Russia starts on Thursday, and the 2022 tournament will take place in Qatar.
FIFA now has the final word on which of the 23 proposed cities throughout North America will host matches.