US, Canada, Mexico to host 2026 World Cup
- Author: Stacy Allen Jun 16, 2018,
Jun 16, 2018, 18:21
The three North American countries' joint bid - known as United 2026 - beat Morocco's by a margin of 69 votes, 134 to 65.
It's official! World Cup soccer is coming to North America.and maybe even Nashville! That tournament still holds the all-time World Cup attendance record, despite there being only 24 teams involved compared to 32 today. 1986 and 1994, whereas Canada hosted the Women's World Cup in 2015.
Federation Internationale de Football Association decided on Wednesday that the 2026 event, the first to have 48 teams participating, would be split between the three North American countries, with 60 games in the US and 10 each in Canada and Mexico. The Morocco supporters included Brazil, the lone country from the Americas that went for the North African nation.
U.S., Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup
The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each.
Houston has hosted several global games over the last few years including Manchester United versus Manchester City last summer at NRG Stadium.
The four bidders - USA, Canada, Mexico and Morocco - as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands did not take part in the voting. Morocco, which has now lost in five bids to host the World Cup, was a last-minute entry.
The World Cup is due to feature 48 teams and will take place across three countries for the first time.
Herdman said that while playing host to the World Cup will cost Canadian taxpayers, the return on investment will be worthwhile. "And in that spirit we wish all Russian hosts and all the teams competing here the very best of luck".