The North Americans, US, Canada and Mexico, have been elected hosts of the 2026 World Cup, beating Morocco 134-65 in a ballot at the congress of the global soccer ruling body FIFA on Wednesday.
The 2026 World Cup will see an increase in the number of participants to 48 teams from the current 32. In another first, three countries will be hosting the big sporting event.
Mexico will be hosting the event the third time after staging it in 1970 and 1986. For the US, this will be the second opportunity to host the event after 1994. Canada will be hosting the first World Cup.
The US will host 60 of the 80 matches, including those in the knockout phase, while Canada and Mexico will get just 10 group-stage matches each.
Carlos Cordiero (pictured – Image courtesy: Twitter), the president of US Soccer, thanked
FIFA for giving his country another chance to host the World Cup adding that football is the only winner.
Ahead of the vote, the US impressed FIFA by offered existing state-of-the-art venues and infrastructure, 5.8 million spectators and a projected profit of $11 billion.