World Cup 2026: United States, Canada and Mexico Win Bid to Be Host

The 2026 tournament will be one of firsts. It will be the first time the World Cup is hosted by three countries, the first time it has a 48-team format, up from 32 teams, and it was the first time the vote was decided by FIFA’s entire membership. Of the tournament’s 80 matches, 10 will be in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the United States — including the final, at MetLife Stadium in the New York City suburb of East Rutherford, N.J.

The last time the men’s World Cup was held in North America was when the United States hosted in 1994. It was held in Mexico in 1970 and 1986. Canada has never hosted. It was unclear Wednesday if all three nations would be granted automatic bids into the field, as is customary for the host nation; FIFA said there had been no final decision on the matter.

North American bid leaders have been on the road since April, visiting voting nations around the globe. Several top officials and bid staff members even relocated to London for most of May, finding it a better base camp from which to visit federations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and southern Africa. At one point two weeks ago, Cordeiro and his staff traveled to Bangkok for a…

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