USA, Canada and Mex­ico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

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MOSCOW: The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mex­ico and Canada af­ter FIFA’s congress voted over­whelm­ingly on Wed­nes­day to back the tri-na­tion joint bid for the tour­na­ment and leave Morocco to miss out for the fifth time.

The North Amer­i­can bid col­lected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco. One congress mem­ber voted for “nei­ther bid.”

The 2026 event will be the first ex­panded tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing 48 teams, up from the cur­rent 32-team tour­na­ment, which be­gins in Rus­sia on Thurs­day.

Both bids were given a last chance to make their case with 15 minute pre­sen­ta­tions in front of congress, at the Moscow Ex­pocen­tre. The North Amer­i­cans pledged their tour­na­ment would gen­er­ate an $11 bil­lion profit, while Morocco, which has now failed in five bids to host a World Cup, said theirs would make five bil­lion.

Al­though it will be the first tour­na­ment to be hosted by three na­tions, the vast ma­jor­ity of games will be held in the Unites States.

Of the 80 games, 10 matches will be held in Canada, 10 in Mex­ico and

60 in the US with the fi­nal played at Met Life Sta­dium in New Jersey, home to the NFL’s New York Gi­ants and New York Jets.

“Thank you for en­trust­ing us with the priv­i­lege of host­ing the FIFA World Cup in 2026,” Car­los Cordiero, pres­i­dent of the US Soc­cer Fed­er­a­tion told Congress.

“Foot­ball to­day is the only win­ner.”

The US hosted the World Cup pre­vi­ously in 1994 while Mex­ico hosted it in

1970 and 1986. Canada has never hosted a men’s World Cup but held the women’s tour­na­ment in 2015.

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