TYLER, Texas (KETK) - The FIFA World Cup is coming to North America in 2026.
On Wednesday, it was announced Canada, Mexico and the United States had been granted the honor of hosting one of the world’s most extraordinary sporting events.
This marks the first time a World Cup has been shared by three host nations.
The 1994 World Cup, hosted by the United States, averaged the highest attendance in tournament history.
The North American bid beat out its only challenger, Morocco, 134 votes to 65.
According to The Baltimore Sun, over the next two years, FIFA will meet with the bid committee to determine, by mid- to late-2020, which North American cities will stage the tournament’s 80 matches.
BBC Sports reports the following cities are in the running to host games in the United States:
New York/New Jersey
San Francisco Bay Area
Ten of the 17 U.S. cities will be used, according to BBC Sports.
Canada's host cities are listed as Edmonton, Montréal and Toronto, while Mexico's have been identified as Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City.
Sixty matches will take place in the United States, while Canada and Mexico will play host to 10 games, each.
The final will be held at the 84,953-capacity MetLife Stadium, which is home to NFL's New York Giants and the New York Jets, reports BBC Sports.
Two years after the World Cup in North America, the 2028 Olympic Summer Games will take place in Los Angeles, after being awarded the bid in September 2017, giving the United States the two most diverse and beloved athletic competitions in the world.
Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer, Decio De Maria, President of Federación Mexicana de Fúbol Asociación and Carlos Cordeiro, President of U.S. Soccer released a joint statement thanking fans for their dedication and support.
"Thank you for being on this journey with us. Over the next eight years, we look forward to working together with everyone that is part of our football family—especially you and fans everywhere—to host the greatest celebration of football the world has ever seen!"