Northern African country Morocco has lot its bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2026 to the North American countries comprising of the United States of America, Canada and Mexico.
The joint bid won 134 votes (67 percent) out of the 203 entitled to vote with Morocco bagging 65 (33 percent) when voting took place in Moscow early on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the US hosted the World Cup previously in 1994 while Mexico hosted it in 1970 and 1986. Canada has never hosted a men’s World Cup but held the women’s tournament in 2015.
Earlier, US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro has said his bid would generate $14bn in revenue and make an $11bn profit for FIFA. The bid also expects record ticket and hospitality revenue.
Although it would be the first tournament to be hosted by three nations, the vast majority of games will be held in the US.
According to the Executive Director of the United Bid Committee, John Kristick:
“We can focus on the game. We are ready made. Our cities are ready to host today.”
The 2026 World Cup will head to North America for the fourth time and will be the first with 48 teams taking part.