North America will host 2026 FIFA World Cup

North America will host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Canada, Mexico and the US will host the 2026 World Cup after being awarded the tournament by the Federation Internationale de Football Association committee in Moscow today. There are three in Canada and three in Mexico.

To understand what Wednesday's victory means for American soccer, you must look back to 24 years ago, when the wildly successful 1994 World Cup revived the sport in America and helped it gain a foothold after years of dormancy.

Historically, the host nation has always automatically qualified for the World Cup - it hasn't been forced to play games in order to qualify for the tournament.

All three hosts should get automatic places in the lineup, and each host a game on opening day. Canada's sole World Cup appearance was in 1986 in Mexico, where they did not score a goal, losing to France, Hungry and the Soviet Union in the group stage. With a handful of games in Mexico and Canada but the majority in the USA, the 2026 bid promises the richest and most lucrative tournament in the history of global soccer. It will be the first time since 1994 that the US will have hosted the monthlong soccer extravaganza, and will come two years before Los Angeles welcomes back the 2028 Summer Olympics.

Chief among those is US President Donald Trump, whose "America First" approach might score well with his electoral base but may have made the United bid's task harder than it could ever have imagined.

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The "United Bid" calls for the host 60 matches, including all games from the quarter-finals through to the final.

This is the first World Cup since 2006 to be hosted in Europe.

"This is a monumental victory for the Concacaf family, as the United Bid exemplified the strong collaboration, beyond politics and business, that now exists in our region".

Russian organizers say they expect World Cup spending to exceed $11 billion, though that tally does not include undisclosed spending on some of the new city infrastructure and stadiums that will be used during the event.

He was suspended in December 2015 for eight years, later reduced to six, after an investigation carried out by FIFA's ethics committee.

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