U.S., Canada and Mexico to Host World Cup in 2026

FIFA President Gianni Infantino right welcomes representatives of the united bid — from the U.S. Canada and Mexico — as soccer's governing body selects its host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow Russia

One of the most immediate and significant implications of Wednesday's result is that Canada's mens national team will play at a World Cup for the first time in nearly four decades, as all three host nations likely qualify automatically for the tournament.

"Football today is the only victor", said U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro. The U.S. government's ongoing investigation into corruption in global soccer rattled FIFA's old guard in its halls of power.

"Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honor. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege".

The bid beat off competition from Morocco and was chosen in a vote by 203 of FIFA's 210 member federations present in the Russian capital, one day before the World Cup 2018 opener in the city between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The evaluation report also offers a "technical scoring" of the two bids, with Morocco getting 274.9 out of 500, compared to the United bid's 402.8 total.

There were insinuations that after President Donald Trump sort of threatened to withhold or stop aid and help to countries they now support, there were fears that a lot of countries, including Nigeria, would be forced to vote for the United bid.

U.S. Soccer has spent the past decade-plus trying to return the World Cup to this country for the first time since 1994. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015.

Three Canadian cities - Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto - could potentially host matches. The plan calls for the host 60 matches, and its neighbors to host 10 each. "The 2026 World Cup is coming to Canada, the U.S. & Mexico!"

There have also been worries that his travel ban blocking immigration from several Muslim-majority countries, which is being challenged in the US Supreme Court could affect fans, officials and players from attending the tournament.

We're nearing the finish line to determine who will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Morocco has said it needs to spend nearly $16 billion (£12 billion) on infrastructure while the North American bid's revenue forecast ($14.3bn) far outstrips what Morocco has to offer ($7.2bn).

Typically, the host nation gets an automatic berth in the World Cup.

Delegates of Canada, Mexico and the United States celebrate after winning a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Responding to years of scandals and suspicions over its selection process, Federation Internationale de Football Association sought to position this vote as a transparent and open process.

"We believe strongly that this decision will be made on its merits", Cordeiro, the bid leader, told reporters.

So Morocco concentrated its pitch on the country's undisputed passion for football, the notion that Africa deserves another World Cup after South Africa 2010, its far more compact offering and Euro-friendly time zone.

This time around, FIFA's entire membership will get to vote on the host for the 2026 World Cup.

She was cleared of any wrongdoing and dismissed the claims as "laughable" and "unfortunate".