The host of the 2026 World Cup should be selected at the FIFA Congress June 13 in Moscow.
We say "should" because there's a very remote chance that FIFA's members could disqualify both
bids, opening the contest up for new bidders from the two confederations -- UEFA and AFC -- not allowed to take part in the 2026 bid because members of those confederations are hosts of the next two
World Cup -- Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. Who votes?
FIFA's 211 member associations should all be in attendance at the
FIFA Congress, but only 207 members will vote. The four bidders -- USA, Canada, Mexico and Morocco -- don't get a vote.
Guatemala's federation just had its suspension lifted so it will be
allowed to vote. Morocco is trying to get the four U.S. territories -- Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam -- thrown out. FIFA's position is that they are federations
independent from U.S. Soccer and they should be allowed to vote. (Expect a floor flight over this issue.)
Member voting is departure from past votes, held by the executive committee and
rife with corruption. Who's on the ballot?
On the ballot will be ...
-- Moroccan Football Association Bid
-- None of the Bids -- Reopen Bidding Process How does the voting work?
The winner is by simple majority -- a
majority of those who voted.
1. If United 2026 or Morocco has a simple majority on the first ballot, it wins.
2. If the no vote wins a simple majority on the first ballot,
United 2026 and Morocco are excluded and FIFA will re-open the bidding.
3. If no one has a a simple majority on the first ballot, the no vote is thrown out and United 2026 and Morocco go
4. In the head-to-head battle, the bid with the most votes wins. Tie-breaker?
The report by FIFA's 2026 World Cup task force
serves one function in the voting process.
It will be the tie-breaker in a case of a tie, giving the United 2026 bid the advantage in that case. Will the voting be
The voting will be done electronically, but FIFA will later make public each member's vote.