U.S., Mexico, & Canada to Host 2026 World Cup


U.S., Mexico, & Canada to Host 2026 World Cup

The United bid by Canada Mexico and the United States was awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup

The United bid by Canada Mexico and the United States was awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Mexico-born soccer player Luis Martinez hopes to play in the 2026 World Cup but isn't sure whether he'd rather play for Mexico or Canada.

The head of United States soccer thanked Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for supporting North America's winning bid to host the World Cup in 2026. Hosting World Cups and Olympic Games is openly a politicians' prestige-burnishing project now, not only for Russia's president Vladimir Putin or Qatar's Emir, seeking soft power from hosting in 2022.

After 32 years, the World Cup will return to the U.S.in 2026, but Chicago won't host any games of the soccer tournament this time around.

That, along with the promise of major revenues from North American sponsors and television networks, was appealing to Federation Internationale de Football Association, an organization that has been beset by global corruption scandals, concerns over exorbitant costs related to previous tournaments, and allegations of widespread labor and human rights abuses around the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante and Toronto Mayor John Tory both retweeted of a video of North American representatives reacting to the success of the united bid Wednesday.

All matches from the Quarterfinal on, including the World Cup Final, will be played in the United States.

The FIFA Congress selected the United Bid over a bid from Morocco in a 134-65 vote early Wednesday morning. Canada will finally get the chance to host the World Cup. The failed circuit was born out of the excitement of Canada's lone World Cup appearance in 1986, but the CPL has taken the reverse approach by kicking off seven years ahead of the 2026 tournament, with the opportunity to help shape the program ahead of its hosting duties an exciting one.

England, like Morocco, knows the feeling of falling short in the bid to host the World Cup. The U.S. hosted once in 1994.

"They have made a decision among themselves but ultimately it will be up to FIFA to decide", FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters Wednesday. Kansas City and Cincinnati are the only candidate cities in the Midwest.

While Canada has never hosted-or even qualified for-the men's World Cup, it can count on its more experienced co-hosts and current NAFTA partners.

During the next month, the men's national teams will compete in 12 venues in 11 cities around Russian Federation. An opening ceremony before the match will feature Will Smith singing Live It Up, the official anthem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The preliminary bid book submitted by the organizers anticipates 10 American cities at hosts.