World Cup 2026 awarded to USA, Canada and Mexico

  • World Cup 2026 awarded to USA, Canada and Mexico

World Cup 2026 awarded to USA, Canada and Mexico

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was responding to a journalist who asked if Putin would invite officials from North America to Moscow if the United States won a bid to host a future soccer World Cup.

Delegates had been faced with a clear choice - the joint North American bid boasts modern, established stadiums and well-developed transport links underpinned by Mexican football fervour.

The 2026 World Cup is coming to the United States - and Miami is expected to be one of the venues.

The FIFA Congress held its annual meeting the day before the start of the World Cup to vote on whether the US -led bid or the Morocco bid will get to host the soccer tournament.

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

Three countries from Canada and three countries from Mexico were also submitted, leaving the United States with the bulk of the hosting duty - with 17 cities submitted in the longlist.

Of the 80 games, 10 matches will be held in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the US with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets.

The joint bid had been the front-runner for the 48-team tournament from the moment a North American coalition was first mooted two years ago, and there have been spells when it has looked like the only credible candidate. The 2026 World Cup will be the fourth men's World Cup hosted in North America, with Mexico hosting it in 1970 and 1986 and the United States previously hosting it in 1994.

Other cities on the list are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey, Montreal, Nashville, New York/NewJersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, DC. We've landed a World Cup. The tournament will still take place over 32 days. The United Bid is expecting to make more than half that in ticket revenue alone.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first competition where 48 nations will compete in the tournament, which is the biggest in the footballing world.

However nothing eases Federation Internationale de Football Association nerves quite like money and the United team's projection of a profit of $11 billion U.S. as against Morocco's $7 billion USA likely proved to be the most crucial factor as delegates cast their votes at the ExpoCentre on the banks of the Moscow River. Mexico has played in every World Cup since 1990.

In rating the risk assessment of both bidders, with grades of low-, medium- and high-risk, FIFA's own bid evaluation report gave Morocco three high-risk grades (stadiums, accommodation, and accommodation and transport), 10 medium and seven low.

Morocco also had the backing of most of Africa after a call from Ahmad Ahmad, the head of the Confederation of African Football to support its bid.