There has been a sense of bewilderment as Mexico, Russia and Canada won the joint "United bid" in favour of Morocco, despite Africa only hosting a single tournament in the history of the competition.
"We are all united in football, the lovely game transcends borders and cultures".
North Korea voted for Morocco despite the positive summit in Singapore this week between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The victorious bid collected 134 and 67% of the votes and Morocco received 65 votes or 33%.
A total of 200 delegates representing every country registered with Federation Internationale de Football Association cast their vote, selecting the North American bid 134 to 65 over a bid from Morocco, with one voting for neither bid.
"Our country is prepared to host the World Cup".
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Not all of the 24 will make the list; the 16 American cities will be cut down to 10 at some point.
Iveson says host cities need to show they have between $30 million and $50 million to cover infrastructure, security and transportation costs. For instance, Los Angeles may host the US opener, Dallas is mentioned as a candidate to host the semifinals, while the final match is expected to take place in Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just outside of New York City.
The 2026 tournament will look very different than it due to its expansion. Other cities being evaluated to host games include Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Neither team has much of a shot at going far in the tournament, but in a weak group, starting with three points could be crucial.
The growth was mostly boosted by the whole range of deals with Chinese investors with seven out of 20 companies financing the tournament from China.
Decio de Maria, President of the Football Association of Mexico, speaks at the FIFA congress on the eve of the opener of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018.