United States, Canada, And Mexico Win Bid To Host World Cup 2026
It was between Morocco, or the joint bid of three North American countries.
FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the world soccer's governing body, awarded the United States, Canada, and Mexico hosting duties for the World Cup in 2026.
While eight years seems like awhile to wait, you have to remember that the World Cup is only held every four years. So, only two tournaments will be played between now and then. And one of them starts tomorrow (6/14).
For the first time since 1994, the second biggest sporting event in the world will be on US soil.
While all three countries will host, the majority of games, including the finals, will be played in the United States.
A tournament of firsts - This will be the first time the World Cup is hosted by three countries. It will also be the first time the World Cup undertakes adding 16 more teams to the tournament. Currently, 32 teams play in the tournament. In 2026, 48 teams will have a chance to run through the ranks.
Of the 80 games that will be played, 10 will be played in Canada, 10 in Mexico, and the remaining 60 will be played in the United States. The finals will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
The voters from countries around the world were persuaded with promises of record crowds (the '94 World Cup held in the US still holds attendance records), revenues, and a record $11 billion profit for FIFA.