The World Cup in Russia is less than 48 hours away, and a month-long celebration of the great game awaits all. However, the future of the game is what many will also be eager to observe. And at least until 2026, some clarity exists.
FIFA has elected the joint bid of North American countries – the United States of America, Mexico, and Canada – as the official hosts for the 2026 edition of the World Cup.
US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro had this to say about the victory: “Football is the only victor. We are all united in football. Thank you so, so much for this incredible honor. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege.”
The election took place during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, where 200 out of the 211 member nations cast their votes. The United bid won against Morocco, and this will be the first time that three nations have shared hosting the World Cup.
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The entire voting process was made more transparent, and all votes were later revealed. This was an attempt on part of FIFA to address the large-scale claims of corruption that were involved in the 2022 edition being awarded to Qatar, with major names like Sepp Blatter accused.
As things stand, of the 16 cities to host the tournament, the USA will receive 10, while Canada and Mexico will get 3 each.
The 2026 World Cup will be the largest one till date, with 48 teams slated to play 80 games over 34 days. Mexico and USA have hosted previous World Cups, in 1970, 1986, and 1994 respectively. Canada hosted the Women’s World Cup in 2015.
US President Donald Trump had tweeted the following about the results: “The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup. Congratulations – a great deal of hard work!”