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US, Canada, Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be staged in Canada, Mexico and the United States, following a vote at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow.

The three countries will host football’s most prestigious tournament, which by then will be played with 48 teams.

The United Bid received 134 of 200 votes cast, or 67%. Morocco tallied 65 votes (33%), and one single member association voted not to choose either of the two bids.

Of the 16 host cities, 10 will be in the United States while the remainder will be split evenly between Canada and Mexico.

Sixty matches will take place in the US, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each.

The final will be held at the 84,953-capacity MetLife Stadium, which is home to NFL sides the New York Giants and the New York Jets.

The distance between the most northern host city (Edmonton) and the most southern (Mexico City) is almost 3,000 miles, which compares to 1,900 miles at this month’s tournament in Russia.

The tournament will mark the first time a World Cup has been shared by three host nations.

US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said:

Hosting the 2026 Fifa World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport.

We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the Fifa family have put in our bid, strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the Concacaf region and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come.

Image: The MetLife Stadium. Image courtesy of HOK.

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