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The biggest World Cup tournament the earth has ever seen will be held in 2026 – right here in North America.


On the eve of the men’s 2018 FIFA World Cup opening match in Russia, soccer’s world governing body FIFA awarded the right to host the men’s 2026 World Cup to the United Bid featuring Canada, Mexico and the United States. It will be the first World Cup tournament held across three nations, featuring an expanded field of 48 teams and a record 80 matches.


The North American unified bid defeated the lone competing bid from Morocco, winning the first-ever public vote involving all 203 eligible FIFA member nations by a 134-65 tally, claiming 67 percent of the vote. The four bidding nations (Canada, Mexico, Morocco and the USA) were not permitted to vote, while the federations of Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands recused themselves.


The United Bid scored higher than Morocco in FIFA’s technical report released earlier in June – North America earned an evaluation of 4 out of 5 compared to Morocco’s 2.7 out of 5. Both bids made one final presentation to the FIFA Congress in Moscow just before the vote.


The 2026 edition will be the second World Cup hosted on US soil, and the first one in 1994 still holds the record for the most tickets sold and the most revenue ever generated in addition to leading to the launch of Major League Soccer just two years later. Mexico has served as host on two occasions – in 1970 and 1986 – while Canada has never hosted the men’s World Cup.


Back in December 2010, the United States lost a bid for the 2022 World Cup following a secret ballot held among the 24 members of the FIFA executive committee which awarded the World Cup to Qatar. That voting process was tainted by charges of corruption and wrongdoing, eventually leading to an overhaul of the FIFA voting procedure to include greater transparency.


Statement from MLS Commissioner Don Garber

“The decision to host World Cup 2026 in Canada, Mexico and the United States is a testament to our three nations coming together for the United Bid, and a monumental step in our collective mission to further advance the game of soccer in North America,” read a statement from Major League Soccer.


“We congratulate all of those who worked tirelessly to bring the World Cup back to North America and thank the countries that voted for the United Bid, and for their belief in our vision for the future of the sport in our region," continued the MLS statement. "There is no doubt that World Cup 2026 will elevate the sport of soccer to entirely new levels and Major League Soccer is honored to be a part of this joyous day.”


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Voting results

Afghanistan
United Bid
Albania
Morocco
Algeria
Morocco
American Samoa
United Bid
Andorra
United Bid
Angola
Morocco
Anguilla
United Bid
Antigua and Barbuda
United Bid
Argentina
United Bid
Armenia
United Bid
Aruba
United Bid
Australia
United Bid
Austria
United Bid
Azerbaijan
United Bid
Bahamas
United Bid
Bahrain
United Bid
Bangladesh
United Bid
Barbados
United Bid
Belarus
Morocco
Belgium
Morocco
Belize
United Bid
Benin
United Bid
Bermuda
United Bid
Bhutan
United Bid
Bolivia
United Bid
Bosnia and Herzegovina
United Bid
Botswana
United Bid
Brazil
Morocco
British Virgin Islands
United Bid
Brunei Darussalam
Morocco
Bulgaria
United Bid
Burkina Faso
Morocco
Burundi
Morocco
Cambodia
United Bid
Cameroon
Morocco
Canada
N/A
Cape Verde Islands
United Bid
Cayman Islands
United Bid
Central African Republic
Morocco
Chad
Morocco
Chile
United Bid
China PR
Morocco
Chinese Taipei
Morocco
Colombia
United Bid
Comoros
Morocco
Congo
Morocco
Congo DR
Morocco
Cook Islands
United Bid
Costa Rica
United Bid
Cote d’Ivoire
Morocco
Croatia
United Bid
Cuba
ABSTENTION
Curacao
United Bid
Cyprus
United Bid
Czech Republic
United Bid
Denmark
United Bid
Djibouti
Morocco
Dominica
United Bid
Dominican Republic
United Bid
Ecuador
United Bid
Egypt
Morocco
El Salvador
United Bid
England
United Bid
Equatorial Guinea
Morocco
Eritrea
Morocco
Estonia
Morocco
Ethiopia
Morocco
Faroe Islands
United Bid
Fiji
United Bid
Finland
United Bid
France
Morocco
FYR Macedonia
United Bid
Gabon
Morocco
Gambia
Morocco
Georgia
United Bid
Germany
United Bid
Gibraltar
United Bid
Greece
United Bid
Grenada
United Bid
Guam
N/A
Guatemala
United Bid
Guinea
United Bid
Guinea-Bissau
Morocco
Guyana
United Bid
Haiti
United Bid
Honduras
United Bid
Hong Kong
United Bid
Hungary
United Bid
Iceland
United Bid
India
United Bid
Indonesia
United Bid
Iran
NONE OF THE BIDS
Iraq
United Bid
Israel
United Bid
Italy
Morocco
Jamaica
United Bid
Japan
United Bid
Jordan
United Bid
Kazakhstan
Morocco
Kenya
Morocco
Korea DPR
Morocco
Korea Republic
United Bid
Kosovo
United Bid
Kuwait
United Bid
Kyrgyzstan
United Bid
Laos
United Bid
Latvia
United Bid
Lebanon
United Bid
Lesotho
United Bid
Liberia
United Bid
Libya
Morocco
Liechtenstein
United Bid
Lithuania
United Bid
Luxembourg
Morocco
Macau
Morocco
Madagascar
Morocco
Malawi
Morocco
Malaysia
United Bid
Maldives
United Bid
Mali
Morocco
Malta
United Bid
Mauritania
Morocco
Mauritius
Morocco
Mexico
N/A
Moldova
United Bid
Mongolia
United Bid
Montenegro
United Bid
Montserrat
United Bid
Morocco
N/A
Mozambique
United Bid
Myanmar
United Bid
Namibia
United Bid
Nepal
United Bid
Netherlands
Morocco
New Caledonia
United Bid
New Zealand
United Bid
Nicaragua
United Bid
Niger
Morocco
Nigeria
Morocco
Northern Ireland
United Bid
Norway
United Bid
Oman
Morocco
Pakistan
United Bid
Palestine
Morocco
Panama
United Bid
Papua New Guinea
United Bid
Paraguay
United Bid
Peru
United Bid
Philippines
United Bid
Poland
United Bid
Portugal
United Bid
Puerto Rico
N/A
Qatar
Morocco
Republic of Ireland
United Bid
Romania
United Bid
Russia
United Bid
Rwanda
Morocco
Samoa
United Bid
San Marino
United Bid
Sao Tome e Principe
Morocco
Saudi Arabia
United Bid
Scotland
United Bid
Senegal
Morocco
Serbia
Morocco
Seychelles
Morocco
Sierra Leone
United Bid
Singapore
United Bid
Slovakia
Morocco
Slovenia
ABSTENTION
Solomon Islands
United Bid
Somalia
Morocco
South Africa
United Bid
South Sudan
Morocco
Spain
ABSTENTION
Sri Lanka
United Bid
St. Kitts and Nevis
United Bid
St. Lucia
United Bid
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
United Bid
Sudan
Morocco
Suriname
United Bid
Swaziland
Morocco
Sweden
United Bid
Switzerland
United Bid
Syria
Morocco
Tahiti
United Bid
Tajikistan
Morocco
Tanzania
Morocco
Thailand
United Bid
Timor-Leste
United Bid
Togo
Morocco
Tonga
United Bid
Trinidad and Tobago
United Bid
Tunisia
Morocco
Turkey
Morocco
Turkmenistan
United Bid
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Bid
Uganda
Morocco
Ukraine
United Bid
United Arab Emirates
United Bid
Uruguay
United Bid
US Virgin Islands
N/A
USA
N/A
Uzbekistan
United Bid
Vanuatu
United Bid
Venezuela
United Bid
Vietnam
United Bid
Wales
United Bid
Yemen
Morocco
Zambia
Morocco
Zimbabwe
United Bid

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