United US-Canada-Mexico Bid Chosen To Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Thursday, 14 Jun, 2018

The 2026 World Cup is officially coming to the United States, Mexico and Canada, and a joint statement Wednesday indicates Denver will push to host matches in the quadrennial global soccer tournament.

The united bid garnered 134 votes, while the North African country amassed 65 votes - including the one from FKF - from the Football Association presidents present during the Fifa General Assembly in Moscow.

The United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States was selected to host the 2026 FIFA World CupTM earlier today by the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow.

"Hosting a FIFA World Cup™ is an extraordinary honor and privilege", said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid.

The vote by national football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the 2010 vote when FIFA's elected board members picked Russia to host in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, defeating the U.S.

"The issue about who will get automatic bids to the '26 World Cup, if that's the question, that is not Concacaf's decision that's FIFA's decision and that will be made in the passage of time", Cordeiro said.

Italy failed to qualify for the first time since 1958, being the only one of eight teams to have won the competition who won't compete in Russian Federation. The U.S. proposed to host 60 out of the 80 matches, leaving Canada and Mexico with 10 fixtures each.

United US-Canada-Mexico Bid Chosen To Host 2026 FIFA World Cup
United US-Canada-Mexico Bid Chosen To Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Meanwhile, the U.S. hosted the World Cup previously in 1994 while Mexico hosted it in 1970 and 1986. Like Canada, Japan had previously qualified for only one World Cup.

If we're spitballing, it's hard to imagine the United States being forced to qualify for a World Cup in which it is the predominant host.

"We have no regrets (voting for Morocco)".

"If we can land the World Cup in Denver, Colorado, that's a big deal", he said.

The final North American host cities could be announced as late as 2021, according to the statement. Olympic Stadium, used occasionally for home matches by the Montreal Impact, is also a contender to host games.

With only three teams in each group and each team guaranteed only two games, there is a greater opportunity for teams to collude with each other in the final group-stage matches to secure passage to the knockout round.

"I think Seattle has an advantage on some of those other cities that it's vying with, just based on recent soccer history", said Carr, who has covered three World Cups as ESPN's lead soccer researcher. Fox, Fox Sports and Telemundo Deportes have USA broadcast rights to this year's tournament - for which the US national team failed to qualify - and also for 2026.