World Cup 2026 USA-Canada-Mexico to host World Cup 2026
13 June, 2018, 17:18
Mexico hosted the 1986 World Cup, while the U.S. was awarded the tournament in 1994 but Canada, who have appeared just once at the tournament, have never hosted.
Hosting a World Cup is a spectacle unlike any other, and in two cycles, the world's biggest competition will return to North America following Wednesday's vote.
The North America proposal, dubbed "United 2026", was an overwhelmingly popular choice amongst Federation Internationale de Football Association nation members as it received 134 votes - significantly more than Morocco's 65 votes.
"On behalf of our United bid, thank you so, so much for this incredible honour", an emotional U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on the Congress stage.
Of the 211 Fifa member nations, 200 cast a vote at the 68th Fifa Congress in Moscow on Wednesday, with the winning bid needing a majority of 104. Hosting rights for previous World Cups had been awarded by what was then a 24-person FIFA Executive Committee. The US, however, hosted the country on its own merit in 1994, while Mexico have twice before organised the tournament, in 1970 and in 1986.
Fox, Fox Sports and Telemundo Deportes have US broadcast rights to this year's tournament - for which the USA national team failed to qualify - and also for 2026. While this bid race wasn't marred by the bribery that Qatar used eight years ago to beat the United States to the 2022 World Cup, there was still plenty of skepticism. Residents of host cities including Yekaterinburg, where a security fence cut off an apartment block from the main access road, have complained that security measures are disproportionately disruptive.
Canada, meanwhile, did not even make it that far, finishing third behind Mexico and Honduras in the fourth round. The north African nation would have to build numerous stadiums required for the event.
The North American bid was in better shape to host the World Cup.
As nice as it is to travel and experience new countries, having the tournament come to our own backyard is a chance that simply can not be missed, especially considering it will be held in three separate countries for the first time in the history of the World Cup. The U.S. government's ongoing investigation into corruption in global soccer rattled FIFA's old guard in its halls of power.
"We see very limited economic impact at the national level given the limited duration of the World Cup and the very large size of the country's economy", Moody's analysts said in a report last May, adding that the expected boost to tourism "will likely be short-lived".
"We believe strongly that this decision will be made on its merits", Cordeiro, the bid leader, told reporters.