The venue for the 2026 World Cup Soccer has been designated to Canada, the United States and Mexico after winning the FIFA vote, beating out Morocco by a margin of only 69 votes.
That means North America will host the 2026 tournament, which for the first time, will be expanded to include 48 teams.
Before the vote, each of the parties presented their proposals to FIFA delegates highlighting the infrastructure, the respective culture of their people, and the income they would generate, among other points.
They also presented, in respective form, a video in which images of their cities and their people are shown, as well as other impressions related to the natural beauties that each nation offers.
North America received 134 votes to Morocco’s 65. North America won the bid for several reasons, one of which was due to its having 16 venues and 23 stadiums that are already built or under construction, while Morocco reportedly had 14 to offer.
That along with the promise of extra profit for the federations was enough to convince some undecided voters to side with the United 2026 campaign.
The general secretary of FIFA, the Senegalese Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura led the vote. Of 211 federations, 203 submitted a vote.