Stejskal: What you need to know about the 2026 FIFA World Cup vote

We’ll soon know if the United States, Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup.

The race to host the world’s biggest sporting event will be decided early Wednesday morning, when FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, will vote in Moscow at their annual congress to award the 2026 tournament to either the US, Canada and Mexico’s “United Bid” or to Morocco.

Here’s how it’ll all shake out:

When will the vote be held?

There’s no set time for the vote, but, according to the United Bid’s press office, it will most likely take place between 5-7 am ET. FS1 will air live coverage of the vote from Moscow beginning at 6:30 am ET for viewers in the U.S., while TSN will begin their broadcast coverage at 6 am ET in Canada.

How does the vote work?

After the 2010 vote that gave the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively, were tainted by charges of corruption and wrongdoing, FIFA changed how it awards the tournament.

In the past, only FIFA’s 24-member executive committee voted on World Cup bids. This time around, every FIFA member in good standing will get to vote, with the exception of the four bidding nations. The four US territories with their own soccer federations (Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands) could also

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