The combined North American bid of the United States, Mexico and Canada was awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday, moving Baltimore one step closer toward possibly hosting a match in the quadrennial soccer competition.
Seventeen sites across the United States will host, including Philadelphia and East Rutherford, NJ, which will host the 2026 World Cup Final at MetLife Stadium. Mexico last held the event in 1986, while the USA held the World Cup in 1994.
The FA was among the first to congratulate the US' joint bid with Mexico and Canada. Cordeiro, Reed and de Maria started their campaign by pitching to their fellow members of Concacaf, which, despite earlier reports that several Caribbean nations would vote for Morocco, fully backed the United Bid on Wednesday.
Launched on June 1, 2016, Daily Hive is the evolution of Vancity Buzz and is now in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026. Canada, which has only qualified for the World Cup once, in 1986, has hosted a number of previous Federation Internationale de Football Association events, including the 2015 Women's World Cup.
The plan is that Canada and Mexico would each host 10 matches, while 60 matches would be played in the United States. Three cities each in Canada and Mexico will also host games.
The country has competed in just one World Cup in its history, qualifying for the 1986 tournament and failing to collect a single point from three matches.
"I'm in the middle of Moscow and you can just sense the World Cup is just around the corner", RT's Peter Schmeichel says of the Russian capital.
There has been no formal announcement yet that the three co-host countries will skip qualifying, as has been the tournament custom.
In the closing days before the vote, Trump ― who won't be president during the 2026 World Cup, even if he wins re-election in 2020 ― promised that visiting players and fans would not face visa problems around the tournament. As the joint bid officially put it, it has 23 "fully built, occupied, and operational" stadiums already, "150 existing world-class training facilities, millions of hotel rooms, and advanced infrastructure". "Morocco 2026 congratulates United 2026 for their victory and we wish them well", the country tweeted via their official campaign account.