North American bid awarded 2026 FIFA World Cup

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The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The “United bid” beat Morocco’s proposal after gaining 134 votes against 65 (one vote went for “neither” host) at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

In eight years, the three countries will play hosts to the largest World Cup to date – with 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days.

Watch the moment when FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced the winner:

“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.

There was instant celebration on social media from the political premieres in each of the successful nations:

Donald Trump, USA President

Justin Trudeau, Canada Prime Minister

Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico President

Public vote

Of the 211 FIFA member nations, 200 cast a vote.

Seven federations recused themselves – the four bidding nations, along with three US dependent territories (Guam, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico).

The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to the secrecy surrounding the previous FIFA ballot in 2010, where the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, were decided.

 

A US-led bid

It’ll be the first time in history that the World Cup will be shared by three host nations.

Under the North American proposal, the United States will stage 60 of the tournament’s matches, including every game from the quarter-finals onwards, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each.

Of the 16 host cities, 10 will be in the United States, with the final expected to be played at the 84,953-capacity MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Both the US (1994) and Mexico (1970, 1986) previously hosted the tournament, while Canada organised the women’s World Cup in 2015.

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