Mexico previously hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986. And perhaps most persuasive, the North American bid promised Federation Internationale de Football Association a record $11 billion in profit, almost double the $6.6 billion that governing body expects to earn in the 2022 event in Qatar and more than double the $5 billion estimated by Morocco.
The value of World Cup sponsorship may have fluctuated recently, but overall it has grown strongly in the past two decades with Fifa's 2015-2018 cycle revenues representing more than twice the amount for the 1999-2002 period.
"This is a monumental victory for the Concacaf family, as the United Bid exemplified the strong collaboration, beyond politics and business, that now exists in our region".
Nations at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow backed North America's joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
Double Champions League victor Mourinho earlier predicted that England would emerge from their World Cup group as winners - setting up a predicted match with Poland in the last 16. Canada and Mexico are expected to each play host to 10 games.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament played in the expanded 48-team format, up from the current 32 countries.
Vancouver will watch from the sidelines after the B.C. government, citing concerns over the possible costs of being a host city, was unable to come to terms with the bid committee. "If given the opportunity, I know they will welcome you", he added. All of the proposed stadiums exist already. Today's American soccer fan has access to every major league in the world via television and internet viewing options, access that has helped expedite the growth of the nation's collective soccer IQ, as well as cultivating its hunger for the game at its best.
The North American bid got 17 low-risk assessments and three medium (organizing cost, legal-government support, and human rights and labour standards). But in the end, it was a non-factor, as the "United Bid" earned more than double the votes of Morocco.
To do so would have invited ridicule when it needed to build or renovate the 14 stadiums it wants to use - a task FIFA's technical report said "cannot be overstated".