Landslide: USA, Canada and Mexico awarded the 2026 World Cup

United 2026 representing the USA, Canada and Mexico was awarded the hosting rights to the 2026 World Cup in a vote of  FIFA members at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

The vote: How the federations voted

That United 2026 won was perhaps not a surprise, but the margin of victory was. The federations representing the USA, Canada and Mexico won with overwhelming support: 134 votes vs. 65 for Morocco.

The North American bid was always considered the favorite but concerns were raised about how the United States was viewed around the world in the Trump era. The bid decision came only three years after the FIFA Congress before which the first arrests of soccer executives were made in a corruption case pursued by Federal authorities against more than 40 individuals and companies.

A change in U.S. Soccer's leadership also resulted in a change in the United 2026 bid committee's leadership with new U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro, Canadian Soccer Association president Steve Reed and Mexican federation president Decio De Maria serving as co-chairpersons in place of Sunil Gulati, who was pushed aside after he chose not to run for re-election as U.S. Soccer president following the USA's failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Cordeiro was a big winner with Wednesday's vote. He traveled extensively to lobby for United 2026 support while others believed he should get to work on the process of rebuilding and unifying American soccer after a contentious election.

The three federation presidents were joined by youth stars Brianna Pinto, Alphonso Davies and Diego Lainez in making the case for United 2026 in Moscow.

FIFA clearly favored United 2026 over Morocco as the scoring of the bid task force set out. Morocco, which has now lost in five bids to host the World Cup, was a last-minute entry. Its bid emphasized the short distances fans would have to travel to games -- a maximum of two hours -- and its proximity to Europe in a play for UEFA's 55 members.

The vote was conducted by FIFA's member associations for the first time and made public for the first time. The USA lost to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup hosting rights in a controversial vote of the FIFA executive committee eight years ago.

The four bidders -- USA, Canada, Mexico and Morocco -- as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands did not take part in the voting. Spain, Slovenia and Cuba abstained. Iran voted for "none of the above."

In a surprise, Russia supported the North America bid. The Morocco supporters included Brazil, the lone country from the Americas that went for the North African nation.

7 comments about "Landslide: USA, Canada and Mexico awarded the 2026 World Cup".
  1. Randy Vogt, June 13, 2018 at 7:28 a.m.

    Yeah!! And FIFA and the IOC should only award their big events to countries that are democracies as it's vitally important that people have a say in what's going on in their lands.

  2. beautiful game, June 13, 2018 at 9:23 a.m.

    Recent FIFA track record speaks for itself.

  3. s fatschel, June 13, 2018 at 11:26 a.m.

    Interesting to see a few European soccer powers not voting for United.  And what a great opportunity for the US to showcase it's own soccer reboot with a new generation of players.

  4. Karl Schreiber replied, June 13, 2018 at 3:43 p.m.

    Some national governing organizations listened to their fan base. Many fans are concerned about long-distance travel cost and the time element. Check out for example comments made on fifa.com

  5. Frank Strazzulla, June 13, 2018 at 3:04 p.m.

    Venezuela voted for North America bid?

  6. Bob Ashpole, June 13, 2018 at 3:55 p.m.

    This is a pleasant almost-surprise. North America was the obviously better choice, but I wasn't counting on it being awarded.

  7. R2 Dad, June 17, 2018 at 4:20 p.m.

    Would like to see more matches afforded our neighboring partners, and at least a couple quarterfinal matches, too. If 2026 matches are to be played during te summer, player comfort/performance would suggest avoiding Florida/Texas/et al locations where high temps + high humidity result in weaker performances--regardless of the specisal interests of businesses/hotels/lobbyists. Better product on the field makes for better TV revenues, too.

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