The United States, Canada, and Mexico have won a joint bid in what was a long-anticipated vote on Wednesday to host the 2026 World Cup.
The contingent received 134 votes, while Morocco earned 65, and only Iran choosing neither option. Cuba, Slovenia and Spain abstained.
“This is an incredible, and incredibly important, moment for soccer in North America and beyond,” said Carlos Cordeiro, the president of U.S. Soccer.
The 2026 tournament will feature an expanded field of 48 teams, which is a big jump from the current field of 32 and will be the first time in FIFA’s history that a 3-nation bid has been awarded the event, and will mark the first World Cup in the United States since 1994.
“What an exciting day for the sport of soccer in Canada, Mexico and the United States — and really, for the rest of the world,” MLS commissioner Don Garber wrote on Twitter.
“This decision that just came down from Moscow to allow our region to host the World Cup in 2026 is a testament to how our three nations came together for an unprecedented united bid, and it’s a monumental step in our collective mission to further advance the game of soccer here and to do what we can to grow the game around the world.”