North America to Hold the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Wednesday morning, Federation Internationale de Football Association announced that it accepted the United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the 2026 World Cup.

The joint North America bid won 67 per cent of Wednesday's vote at the FIFA Congress, defeating Morocco 134-65 with one country, Iran, voting for none of the above.

The United 2026 bid has selected 23 host cities, from which the final 16 must be chosen. That event set attendance and television viewership records and helped kick-start the rapid growth of men's professional soccer in the country.

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The 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams playing a total of 80 games - 60 planned across 10 US cities, and 10 games in three cities for each of Canada and Mexico.

Canada failed in its lone previous bid - to host the 1986 tournament after Colombia pulled out as host.

THE WORLD CUP will be returning to the United States and Mexico as well as head to Canada for the first time after the United 2026 bid prevailed over Morocco.

Nashville has recently hosted World Cup Qualifying matches and CONCACAF Gold Cup matches.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA president Gianni Infantino
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An initial estimate for Calgary to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games was $4.6 billion, although financials, and what the taxpayers' share would be, continue to be crunched.

Mwendwa's stance implies the likes of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Benin, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Mozambique, Botswana, Cape Verde and Lesotho all went against a gentleman's agreement to vote for the North American bid.

But which cities and stadiums will host games at the tournament is still being determined.

Lenarduzzi said with the World Cup expanding to 48 teams for the 2026 challenge, there is "no reason" why all three host teams should not be given a place. American soccer officials downplayed the influence of politics on the bid. "It should be based on the merits of the bid".

"Together we have done everything in our power to make the tournament a top-notch event, be it for a player, a fan, or a fan in front of the TV", he said. "So we're speaking to all of them". "Categorically, nobody", Cordeiro said.

Field dimensions smaller than FIFA's standard for World Cup matches, Catlett said, were the chief obstacles.

USA, Canada and Mexico will host football's World Cup 2026 after it saw off a challenge from Morocco at the FIFA Congress.

  • Salvatore Jensen