The last time Federation Internationale de Football Association voted on World Cup hosting rights was in 2010 with the decision resting with the old executive committee and they chose Russia to host the 2018 tournament and Qatar for 2022.
The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA's congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to back the tri-nation joint bid for the tournament and leave Morocco to miss out for the fifth time.
The North American countries won with 134 votes, or 67 percent, against an upstart campaign from Morocco, which garnered 65 votes, in the Wednesday morning vote in Moscow.
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USA soccer officials see the 2026 championship as an opportunity to further grow a sport that has blossomed since the '94 tournament with the ascent of first- and second-division pro leagues (Major League Soccer and United Soccer League) and a fertile environment for matches and events involving eminent teams from around the world.
The report made the US-Canada-Mexico bid the clear favourite after rating it four out of five, and Morocco was not able to bridge the gap.
Qatar, who will host in 4 years' time, will mark the first time the tournament is played during winter months because of the nation's high temperatures during summertime.
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"This might take a few years to sink in", said Sportsnet soccer commentator James Sharman, who was in Moscow and witnessed the vote take place.
MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is expected to host the 2026 World Cup final.
Canada failed in its lone previous bid - to host the 1986 tournament after Colombia pulled out as host.
As this year's installment of the tournament gets ready to kick off in Russian Federation on Thursday, Moscow had been the scene of fevered last-minute campaigning by both bid teams in recent days, United and Moroccan figureheads pitching up at every gathering of continental soccer organizations to push their case.
"Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honour".
The North America bid also had to overcome concerns about the impact of policies from the Trump administration, including attempts to implement a ban on travel by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.
President Donald Trump welcomed the news, tweeting: "The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup".
And unlike past World Cup hosting decisions, it is being made by the 211 FIFA members associations (minus the bidding countries and any under suspension) as opposed to the FIFA executive committee.
The games in Canada will be divided between Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto. It did not necessitate the construction of any new stadiums, whereas Morocco acknowledged it would have to spend $16 billion for infrastructure, including venues to host the matches. The only other time multiple countries shared the World Cup was 2002, when Japan and South Korea were given passes into the competition.