FIFA announce 2026 World Cup will be co-hosted by USA, Canada and Mexico
The 2026 World Cup will be jointly held in the US, Canada, and Mexico following a vote by FIFA’s member associations.
The joint bid, known as the United bid, received 134 votes to Morocco’s 65.
It will be only the second time there have been joint hosts for the World Cup, after Japan and South Korea hosted the tournament in 2002.
With only Morocco standing in their way, it was almost a foregone conclusion that the winning bid would go to the North American consortium. However the barmy bidding configuration raises some interesting questions: Will all three nations automatically be given places at the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals? How many stadiums will be involved in hosting tournament games? Logistically, with the tournament spanning almost 3,000 miles, how on Earth are fans going to follow their nation through the group stages, let alone the whole tournament if they’re lucky enough?
Speaking after the announcement, the US Football President Carlos Cordeiro, said: “Football is the only victor. We are all united in football.
“Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege.”
According to the successful bid, a whopping 16 cities will play host to World Cup matches, with 60 taking place in the US and 20 being split between Canada and Mexico evenly. The final is scheduled to take place at the iconic MetLife stadium, home to both the New York Giants and the New York Jets.
With the decision made, it will be the third time Mexico has hosted the World Cup, second time for the USA and first time for Canada, who held the Women’s World Cup in 2015. Embarrassingly, he UK has only held the World Cup once.