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United States, Mexico, Canada Beat Morocco to Be Named Hosts of 2026 World Cup

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2018

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 06:  The trophy won by Spain in the World Cup of South Africa 2010 is exhibited at 'Espacio Seleccion' exhibition at Telefonica flagship store on June 6, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Eduardo Parra/Getty Images)
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The joint bid of the United States, Mexico and Canada has won the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, beating Morocco in Wednesday's vote.

BBC Journalist Richard Conway confirmed the news:

Richard Conway @richard_conway

BREAKING: USA, CANADA AND MEXICO @united2026 WIN FIFA VOTE. WILL HOST 2026 WORLD CUP.

Meanwhile, Fox Soccer celebrated:

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

WE GOT THE CUP! 🇺🇸🇲🇽🇨🇦 The united USA-Mexico-Canada bid has won the hosting rights for the 2026 FIFA World Cup! https://t.co/M7Fx8Ftmzz

The "United Bid" was the favourite going into the vote given the infrastructure in place in all three countries. Furthermore, the African continent hosted a World Cup as recently as 2010, whereas the last tournament in North America came in 1994.

Those factors led to an overwhelming number coming down in favour of the United Bid, as confirmed by FIFA:

FIFA Media @fifamedia

CONFIRMED 134 votes for @United2026 65 votes for @Morocco2026_EN 1 vote for ‘None of the bids’ 2026 @FIFAWorldCup will be hosted by @united2026 🏆⚽️ https://t.co/FB2mkmcj29

It will mark the first time three countries host the World Cup together and the first tournament in multiple countries since the 2002 edition in Japan and South Korea.

For Mexico, 2026 will be history-making:

John Brewin @JohnBrewin_

Mexico set to host its third World Cup finals, more than any other country.

Not everyone was behind the United Bid, however, including American women's football star Hope Solo:

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Hope Solo, one of America's most decorated soccer players, says the 2026 World Cup should go to a "more deserving" bid than US-Canada-Mexico https://t.co/s7xDrvZ1bj https://t.co/HRLZIcwiDd

There will be logistical issues for the 48 teams that compete in the World Cup, with long-haul flights and lengthy travel times perhaps the main concern. Russia solved the issue by hosting the 2018 World Cup almost exclusively on the European side of the nation, but that is not an option with three countries to vie for matches.

The same issue plagued the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, as the distance between venues in Manaus and Porto Alegre was massive.

Mexico and the United States are World Cup regulars—although the Stars and Stripes failed to qualify for this year's tournament—but Canada has only competed in a single edition, failing to qualify every time since 1986.

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