North America has reportedly won the bid to host the the 2026 World Cup. The conglomerate of the U.S. Canada and Mexico will host the games.
(Reuters) - The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA's Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to back the tri-nation joint bid to host the tournament, with Morocco missing out for the fifth time.
The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco. One Congress member voted for "neither bid."
The 2026 finals will be the first expanded tournament featuring 48 teams, up from the current 32-team event which begins in Russia on Thursday.
Both bids were given a last chance to make their case with 15 minute presentations in front of the Congress at the Moscow Expocentre.
The North Americans pledged their tournament would generate an $11 billion profit while Morocco, which has now failed in five bids to host the World Cup, said theirs would make five billion.
Although it will be the first World Cup to be hosted by three nations, the vast majority of matches will be held in the Unites States.