Three Nations Defeat Morocco
Fifa have announced that the 2026 World Cup Finals will be held in Canada, Mexico and the United States Of America. The decision came at a meeting of the Fifa congress in Mexico. The joint bid won 134 votes compared to 65 for the rival bid from Morocco.
Two hundred of Fifa’s 211 member nations voted. There was a third option: to recommence the vote from scratch and to throw the bidding process open to nations outside the four bidding associations. However, only one vote went to that option.
The 2026 World Cup will be the biggest ever to be staged with 48 nations playing 80 matches over 34 days. Of the 16 host cities, ten will be in the United States with three each in Canada and Mexico.
Seventeen US cities have applied to host matches of which ten will be used. The 17 are: Boston, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area.
Canadian cities Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton will be used along with Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey in Mexico.
The final will be played in the MetLife Stadium in New York.
In a statement following the vote, US Soccer said:
“Hosting the 2026 Fifa World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport.
“We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the Fifa family have put in our bid, strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the Concacaf region and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come.”
The Football Association issued a statement congratulating the ‘United’ bid and congratulated the two bids on their presentations.
“Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent.
“We cast our vote for the ‘United’ bid as we believe the independent technical assessment made its advantages very clear. However, it is important to note that both bids were deemed to have met the hosting requirements and a tournament in Morocco, close to Europe and in a country that loves football, had a great deal for English football fans to be excited about.”