As the 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to kick off, the North Amercian countries of Mexico, Canada and the United States have won the bid to host the 2026 edition of the tournament.
The North American countries beat Morocco by 134 votes to 65, a margin of 69 votes to host the tournament which will be expanded to 48 teams for the first time.
Of 211 federations across the world, only 203 submitted a vote. The none voting federations accounted for the four bidding nations who were ineligible, plus three American-governed territories who abstained because of a perceived conflict of interest and Ghana, who did not attend following corruption allegations which rocked the federation days ago.
The United States-led bid was deemed to be vastly superior to its north African rivals especially on technical grounds, with a total of 23 stadiums, already built or under construction, at its disposal. Morocco would have had to build or renovate all of the 14 stadiums in its bid book and enticing some federations with its commitment to fan engagement wasn’t enough to convince the delegates.
As previously promised, FIFA in a new era of transparency has released all the votes publicly after the conclusion of balloting.
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