US-Mexico-Canada to host 2026
A joint North American bid has been chosen to hold the competition on 2026. The FIFA association vote took place on Wednesday, the eve of Russia 2018, in Moscow. The Unite bid favoured US-Mexico-Canada the responsibility to host the World Cup in 2026.
The United bid won by a 134-65 margin, with one vote for “neither” host. The voting of the national associations will be published at the conclusion of Congress to abide by the promise to have a ‘more open and transparent’ vote following the controversial award of Russia and Qatar for 2018 and 2022.
“Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport,” said Carlos Cordeiro, President of US Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid.
The last time the US hosted the Cup was back in 1994, and 1986 in Mexico, while Canada has never hosted a World Cup match before, making it a first in World Cup history. Under the North America proposal, 60 of the tournament’s matches will be held in the US, including everything from the quarterfinals onwards, while Mexico and Canada will host 10 games each.
This year, Mexico will be competing in Russia but the United States men’s national team will be watching from home. They can be comforted by knowing that in 2026 the World Cup will be brought directly to their doorstep.