How will the games be split up?
"Hosting a FIFA World CupTM is an extraordinary honor and privilege", said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co‐Chair of the United Bid. That isn't set in stone, however.
The bribery scandal put the governing body on the brink, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the congress ahead of Wednesday's vote.
Out of the 53 CAF-affiliated countries; nine voted for the joint bid - Benin Republic, Botswana, Cape Verde, Guinea, Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
The 2018 World Cup matches will be held in 11 cities and 12 stadiums: Moscow, St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Samara, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad and Sochi.
Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are in the running to be among the 16 host cities. The US team is not among the participants. The two top teams from all the groups will make it to the Round of 16.
It would likely open the door to Canada finally returning to the men's world stage - a widely expected scenario as co-host that has yet to be officially confirmed.
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The current blueprint calls for Canada and Mexico to stage 10 games each, with the U.S.to host 60. FIFA said in May 2017 that the question will be answered by the FIFA Council at a later date, and no decision was made on Wednesday.
While Ghana's former FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has been handed a 90-day Fifa ban following corruption allegations, the country's government is on the verge of dissolving the association, with two GFA officials barred from travelling to attend the congress in Russian Federation.
The US hosted the World Cup in 1994, while football-crazy Mexico hosted in 1970 and in 1986, the tournament remembered for Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal.
Morocco FA president Fouzi Lekjaa said: "I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country, Morocco, to continue to work for football, to work for the youth and also to realise some day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".
Instead of three automatic places in the tournament, six will be given by that time.
"Each of the United Bid's 23 proposed stadiums are fully built, occupied, and operational, ensuring long-term use following the 2026 World Cup". Canada, which has only qualified for the World Cup once, in 1986, has hosted a number of previous Federation Internationale de Football Association events, including the 2015 Women's World Cup.