Before the opening game between hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, the 80,000 fans in attendance at Luzhniki Stadium were treated to a lively music and dance performance by United Kingdom pop star Robbie Williams.
President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations following the bid's success.
In eight years, the US, Mexico and Canada will play host to the largest edition of the tournament to date - 48 teams playing 80 matches across 34 days.
Indeed, the USA passed this global test of popularity, aided by the inclusion of Canada and Mexico on the ticket.
In 2026, however, there won't be any official World Cup festivities in Chicago, after Mayor Rahm Emanuel pulled out of the North American bid in March.
"Thank you for the incredible privilege", US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro told voting delegates from 203 countries today.
Regarding sexual orientation, the North American bid pledged to use its leverage to reduce the risk of discrimination and harassment in Mexico and the USA in particular. An opening ceremony before the match will feature Will Smith singing Live It Up, the official anthem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Concerns were also expressed that the Trump administration's travel restrictions on citizens of some countries, and the president's inflammatory rhetoric, would damage the bid.
To be considered, a country needs an infrastructure of hotels, highways, rail ways, public transportation and facilities to host a tournament for 1000-plus athletes and their supporting staffs, organizers and their supporting staffs and the millions of fans attending.
On Wednesday, FIFA awarded the 2026 host to the trio US-Canada -Mexico, crashing hopes of the Cherifian Kingdom to stage one of the greatest sports events on the planet.
"I think it's time that a World Cup came back to the United Kingdom again, and if they chose to put in a bid, nobody would be more delighted than I would be".
The vote took place after 15 minute presentations by each bidder.