2026 World Cup Vote Tracker: It’s Morocco vs. North America


FIFA will hold a vote next week in Moscow to pick the host for the 2026 World Cup. It is the first such decision in eight years, and world soccer’s governing body surely hopes it goes better than the last one. That vote, in 2010, sent this year’s tournament to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar, but also produced widespread accusations of bribery and vote trading and, eventually, a sprawling criminal investigation.

Morocco
North America
Canada, Mexico and the United States
104 votes guarantees victory

17 committed

9 leaning

157 uncommitted

23 committed

1 leaning

This year’s vote has only two candidates*: a joint entry from the United States, Mexico and Canada (called the United Bid); and Morocco. The North Americans have been strong favorites since the start, and FIFA’s technical evaluations recently confirmed their front-runner status: The United Bid was rated higher than Morocco in every category but one in a report that noted, “The amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality cannot be overstated.” Still, the democratic (and fickle) nature of a FIFA election — the vote of each of FIFA’s 211 member associations, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, carries the same weight — has led to a worldwide scramble to whip up votes.

Most countries’ soccer federations are still silent on their plans. A few dozen have gone public with their soccer federation’s intentions, but there has also been a bit of announced “support” that amounts to nonbinding statements from officials who won’t actually cast a vote. (The four bidding nations cannot vote.)

Bloc voting is expected but not certain. South America and Central America, for example, have committed their 17 votes to the United Bid. Morocco is expected to receive many of Africa’s 54 votes, but a handful of African nations havewithheldtheirsupport or arewavering.

The decision on the 2026 host will come Wednesday, and The Times will publish how each country voted here. A simple majority (more than 50 percent) will be enough to win. This page will be updated if more countries announce how they plan to vote.

17
Committed to Morocco

9
Leaning toward Morocco

157
Uncommitted

1
Leaning toward N. America

23
Committed to N. America

17
Committed to Morocco


Algeria

Angola

Belgium

Cameroon

Egypt

France

Gambia

Guinea-Bissau

Kenya

Lebanon

Luxembourg

Myanmar

Palestine

Qatar

Russia

Serbia

Seychelles

9
Leaning toward Morocco


Antigua and Barbuda

Botswana

Dominica

Nigeria

South Africa

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Lucia

Tunisia

Uganda

157
Uncommitted


Albania

American Samoa

Andorra

Anguilla

Armenia

Aruba

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bosnia and Herzegovina

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cape Verde Islands

Cayman Islands

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Comoros

Cook Islands

Croatia

Cuba

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Democratic Republic of Congo

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominican Republic

East Timor

England

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

Gabon

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Gibraltar

Greece

Guam

Guinea

Guyana

Haiti

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Ivory Coast

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kosovo

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Latvia

Lesotho

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Macau

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta

Mauritania

Mauritius

Moldova

Mongolia

Montenegro

Montserrat

Mozambique

Nepal

Netherlands

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Niger

North Korea

Northern Ireland

Norway

Oman

Pakistan

Papua New Guinea

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Republic of Congo

Republic of Macedonia

Romania

Rwanda

Samoa

San Marino

Scotland

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Sri Lanka

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Sudan

Suriname

Swaziland

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

São Tomé and Príncipe

Tahiti

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

Togo

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Turks and Caicos Islands

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United States Virgin Islands

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vietnam

Wales

Yemen

Zambia

1
Leaning toward N. America


Guatemala

23
Committed to N. America


Afghanistan

Argentina

Belize

Bolivia

Brazil

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Ecuador

El Salvador

Grenada

Honduras

Jamaica

Liberia

Namibia

Nicaragua

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Saudi Arabia

Uruguay

Venezuela

Zimbabwe

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