North Americans win 2026 World Cup vote 134-65

MOSCOW (AP) - FIFA member federations voted 134-65 in favor of selecting the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup over Morocco.

The outcome was an endorsement for the more profitable and stable bid from the North American neighbors.

The four countries involved in the bidding and three U.S. territories were not involved in the ballot.

In his acceptance speech, U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro says "Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honor."

The 2026 World Cup has 48 teams playing a total of 80 games - 60 planned across 10 U.S. cities, and 10 games in three cities for each of Canada and Mexico.


1:52 p.m.

The United States, Canada and Mexico will jointly host the 2026 World Cup.

FIFA member federations voted in favor of the North American bid over Morocco. FIFA promises to publish each voter's selection.

The 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams playing a total of 80 games - 60 are planned in the U.S. and 10 each in Canada and Mexico.

All three hosts should get automatic places in the lineup, and each host a game on opening day.

Morocco lost again with its fifth bid campaign in the past 30 years, including to the U.S. for the 1994 World Cup.

The 2026 tournament will return to the North American region 32 years after that U.S.-hosted edition. Mexico also hosted in 1970 and 1986.


1:40 p.m.

Morocco has urged FIFA voters to give the North African country a World Cup to host in its fifth bid attempt.

Presenting after the U.S.-led North American bid, Morocco distanced itself from the multi-billion dollar promises of its rival.

Former player Khalilou Fadiga says "Africa has joy and passion instead of the same material wealth. Football is not just a question of money and finances."

Morocco football federation president Fouzi Lekjaa notes that his country and Africa deserves a second chance.

A 2026 tournament in Morocco would be just a second African-hosted World Cup, following South Africa 2010.


1:20 p.m.

The North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup has made its final presentations to more than 200 FIFA voters.

Presidents of the United States, Canada and Mexico football federations were joined by teenage players Alphonso Davies of Canada, Brianna Pinto of the U.S., and Diego Lainez of Mexico.

Davies spoke of being born in a refugee camp in Ghana, before growing up in Canada.

Pinto told of bonding with opponents from Iran after an Under-20 international game.

U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro promised $4 billion ticket revenue for FIFA from 5.8 million people attending the 80-game, 48-team tournament.

The 15-minute presentation to leaders of FIFA member federations was to be followed by a presentation from Morocco.

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