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US, Canada, and Mexico joint bid wins right to host 2026 World Cup

In partnership with Mexico and Canada, the U.S. was awarded the right to host the 2026 World Cup at a vote Wednesday afternoon in Moscow.

The FIFA Congress held its annual meeting the day before the start of the World Cup to vote on whether the U.S.-led bid or the Morocco bid will get to host the soccer tournament. The North American bid won 134 to 65, with Russia notably backing the North American bid, and North Korea backing Morocco.

The North American bid was in better shape to host the World Cup. All soccer venues are expected to be ready by the time the 2026 World Cup rolls around. The U.S. proposed to host 60 out of the 80 matches, leaving Canada and Mexico with 10 fixtures each.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament played in the expanded 48-team format, up from the current 32 countries. It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries.

With Russia hosting in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, no countries from either Europe or Asia were allowed to bid for the 2026 tournament. The only two official bids came from the U.S.-Canada-Mexico of North America, and Morocco of Africa.

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