The North American bid beat competition from Morocco, which was hoping to become just the second African country to host soccer's biggest global tournament. US President Donald Trump and leaders of other states will be welcome guests at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday. "Football today is the only victor, and in that spirit, we wish our Russian hosts and all the teams participating here this month, the very best of luck". Instead of a small executive committee making the decision, this time it was done by a vote of FIFA's over 200 member nations.
FIFA's World Cup soccer is coming to Canada, but Vancouver is not among the host cities after B.C. backed out of the bid for the games earlier this year.
A total of 80 games will be played with 60 planned in the United States and 10 each in Canada and Mexico with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to National Football League teams New York Giants and New York Jets.
Since the USA first hosted the World Cup in 1994, it has been in France, South Korea and Japan (joint-bid), Germany, South Africa and Brazil, with the Russia World Cup beginning on Thursday.
In total, 23 cities are part of the "United Bid", and 16 cities will be selected by Federation Internationale de Football Association to host games.
Part of the United bid guaranteed all games would be played on natural grass, which means if Commonwealth Stadium is chosen as a final venue, the artificial turf would be replaced for the tournament.
A giant screen displays the logo of Morocco 2026 before a press conference to promote Morocco's bib for the 2026 soccer World Cup in Casablanca. Canada, Mexico and the US are home to a combined 491 million people and two of the world's biggest media markets. The U.S. hosted in 1994.
The World Cup kicks off in Moscow on Thursday.
"I wanted to underline FIFA's commitment to the principle of sports without politics", Putin said during a FIFA Congress in Moscow while standing next to the World Cup trophy.
Canada's games will be split between three host cities with Toronto potentially hosting four games and Montreal and Edmonton taking three each.
The joint bid had been the front-runner for the 48-team tournament from the moment a North American coalition was first mooted two years ago, and there have been spells when it has looked like the only credible candidate.