The United States, Mexico And Canada Will Host The 2026 World Cup

Tanya Simon
June 14, 2018

The leaders of Mexico and Canada gleefully cheered winning the right to host the 2026 World Cup jointly with the United States on Wednesday, emphasizing unity at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump has frayed relations with the two neighbors during his 18 months in office.

It will come 32 years after the US first hosted the 1994 World Cup, an event which kicked off the popularity of the sport in America.

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino on June 13.

MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is expected to host the 2026 World Cup final.

The US metro areas in the running are Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium), Boston (Gillette Stadium), Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium), Dallas (AT&T Stadium), Denver (Sports Authority Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl and the new National Football League stadium), Miami (Hard Rock Stadium), Nashville (Nissan Stadium), New York (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Camping World Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), San Jose (Levi's Stadium), Seattle (Century Link Field) and Washington (FedEx Field). The White House provided U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro with three separate letters that Cordeiro showed to delegates, containing guarantees from Trump that any immigration policies relating to predominantly Muslim countries would impose no restriction affecting the tournament. "The lovely game transcends borders and cultures".

The North American bid won 134 to 65, according to ESPN FC. There was one abstention.

"They have made a decision among themselves but ultimately it will be up to FIFA to decide", FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters Wednesday. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup, though it was the site of the 2015 Women's World Cup. That includes Adidas AG, Dalian Wanda Group, and Coca-Cola Co.

It's not yet clear whether the US, Canada and Mexico will all automatically qualify for the 2026 World Cup or if they'll have to compete with other Concacaf countries for a spot. All of the proposed stadiums exist already. The only two official bids came from the U.S. -Canada-Mexico of North America, and Morocco of Africa.

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But these votes are often about much more than stadiums, infrastructure and even profit.

U.S. soccer fans cheer.

Large votes are often swayed by small concessions promised to the right number of smaller nations or by regional biases.

France, in particular, lobbied behind the scenes for French-speaking Morocco and the bid had the support of most African nations.

Denver is among the cities included in the US bid, but there's no word yet on which cities will hold the matches. Competing against South Korea, Japan, Australia and Qatar, the USA seemed like the obvious choice given its existing stadiums and geo-political standing. Former president Bill Clinton and other celebrities spent almost two years campaigning and the US still lost to Qatar.

The event has since been moved to November to avoid Qatar's blistering summer temperatures, bribery accusations abound, and potential human rights violations at the stadium sites have caused outrage from the worldwide community.

The North American bid had been the favorite.

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