The United States, Canada and Mexico have been elected hosts of the 2026 football World Cup, beating Morocco 134-65 in a ballot at the congress of the ruling body FIFA.
The tournament, expanded from 32 to 48 teams, will take place in three countries for the first time. Mexico will be host a record third time after staging the 1970 and 1986 editions on its own, the US are hosts again after 1994, and the men’s World Cup comes to Canada for a first time.
“On behalf of our united bid thank you so much for this incredible honour,” US federation chief Carlos Cordeiro said.
The United bid impressed by pledging existing state of the art venues and infrastructure, a record 5.8 million spectators and a projected profit of 11 billion dollars. From 203 members eligible to vote, 200 did so including one who voted for neither bid.