US to host FIFA World Cup in 2026
The last time the US hosted the FIFA World Cup games was 1994. However, soccer’s premier championship event will make a return to the country in 2026 after winning a bid to host the event along with Canada and Mexico.
Just before the start of the World Cup games in Russia, the FIFA Congress held an annual meeting to vote on whether or not the US or Morocco – the only two countries to place official bids – would host the games. The US bid was entered through a partnership between the US, Canada and Mexico and was backed by Russia, while the Morocco bid was backed by North Korea. In the end, the Congress voted for the US in a 134-65 vote win. One unidentified member abstained from the vote.
The 2026 games will be the first for the expanded league, which will have a total of 48 teams, an increase of 16 over the current amount. It will also be the first to have its games played simultaneously across three countries. The US will reportedly host 60 games while Mexico and Canada will host ten each, but that could change.
Mexico has hosted the World Cup twice – in 1970 and 1986 – while the US only hosted the one time in 1994. Canada has never hosted the games. FIFA will make the final decision on which 16 cities will host the games out of the 23 candidates proposed.