• Joint bid chosen by Fifa congress in Russia on eve of 2018 event
• United 2026 received 134 votes compared to Morocco’s 65

The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico after they beat Morocco by a margin of 69 votes to host the tournament which will be expanded to 48 teams for the first time.

The Moroccan bid used its final address to Fifa congress to point out the country has a ban on weapons and would not hike up ticket prices to increase profit, a thinly veiled swipe at its rivals. But it was not enough to sway the room as it lost the vote, with the United 2026 bid receiving 134 votes to its 65.

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https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/13/world-cup-2026-vote-north-america-morocco