The bid from USA, Canada and Mexico has beaten Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.
The opening World Cup game features the two sides ranked the lowest in the competition. Morocco, with some justification, point to far more palatable distances and travel times and believe they have significantly closed the gap.
In a final presentation to the assembly Wednesday, representatives pointed out that every region of the world has hosted the tournament since the United States hosted in 1994.
President Donald Trump welcomed the news, tweeting: "The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup".
"It's a bit emotional for us today", Carlos Cordeiro, president of U.S. Soccer, said after the vote.
All matches from the Quarterfinal on, including the World Cup Final, will be played in the United States. This is their first appearance since 2006 and in their last three tournaments they have lost seven and drawn two of their nine group games.
The Fifa meeting had 15 points on its agenda, and voting on the World Cup location was point 13. Mexico played host to the 1970 and 1986 World Cup.
"I go back all the way to growing up in London and my start in the game. The men's World Cup will take this country to a place it's never been before".
Morocco's bid garnered a score of 2.7, along with a stark warning from the inspection team that "the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality can not be overstated".
Spain also did not vote.
In March, B.C. Premier John Horgan said he was not willing to write a "blank cheque" to have Vancouver host soccer matches for the FIFA World Cup in 2026.
The 2026 tournament will be the first to have 48 teams. That means the 31-member Caribbean federation has three times the voting power of South America, which includes soccer powers Brazil and Argentina. The U.S. proposed to host 60 out of the 80 matches, leaving Canada and Mexico with 10 fixtures each.
Sixty matches will take place in the United States, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each. American soccer officials downplayed the influence of politics on the bid.
The games in Canada will be divided between Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto.
The "United" World Cup will generate $14bn (£10.3bn) in revenue and make an $11bn (£8.1bn) profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association, says Cordeiro. The other American sites still on the short list are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
The Mexican candidate cities are Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey.