The World Cup will head to North America for the fourth time as the hosting rights of 2026 have been awarded to United States, Mexico and Canada at FIFA congress in Moscow on Wednesday.
The United bid received 134 votes whereas Morocco received 65 votes and one country didn’t vote for either of them.
The Final Tally on the voting body:
A total of 210 members who were present and they were eligible to vote while as seven abstained from the voting process.
The four countries namely USA, Canada, Mexico and Morocco and three US governed territories; Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands did not take part in the voting process.
US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro told that his bid would generate $14bn in revenue earning a profit of $11bn profit for FIFA.
The bid also expected record ticket and hospitality revenue.
It would be for the first time that three nations would be hosting the tournament but the majority of the games would be played in the United States.
Out of total 80 games, ten matches would be held in Canada, ten in Mexico and US would host 60 games including the finals which would be played at MetLife in New Jersey.
The United States earlier hosted the World Cup in 1994 while Mexico has also hosted it in 1970 and 1986.
Interestingly, Canada would be hosting their first men’s World Cup but they have hosted the women’s tournament in 2015.
The Trump Factor:
The United States President Donald Trump has supported the tri-nation bid and his administration has promised about the trade, tax and other requirements demanded by FIFA.
In April, Trump stirred a controversy with his tweet that some perceived as a threat. “It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?” he wrote.