A tight race was expected between Morocco and the USA, Mexico and Canada's combined bid, but the North Africans failed miserably to compete gaining just 65 votes to 134 by the eventual winners.
"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026".
This is the first World Cup since 2006 to be hosted in Europe. Almost half (46%) plan to watch the matches at home by themselves, while 28 percent report they'll be watching at a friend or family member's house.
"I think it's time that a World Cup came back to the United Kingdom again, and if they made a decision to put in a bid, nobody would be more delighted than I would be".
A joint North American bid has been chosen as hosts of the 2026 World Cup, following a FIFA association member vote in Moscow Wednesday.
The U.S. may have hoped for a vote from North Korea after the rapprochement between the nations during an extraordinary summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Now 45 years old, he's already two years older than Colombia's Faryd Mondragón who was 43 years and three days when his side faced Japan during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. There will be three hubs in Mexico, three in Canada, and sixteen in the States, all home to National Football League teams.
But from Tuesday forward, the countries aim to shelve their disagreements and present a united front, at least when it comes to co-hosting the world's most-watched single-sport event.
In addition to its low evaluation score, FIFA's evaluation of the Morocco bid also raised concerns about the potential treatment of the LGBT community.
All 14 of the Moroccan venues would have needed to be built or renovated as part of the $16 billion investment in new infrastructure the African nation said was required. North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup.