USA, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

U.S., Canada and Mexico to Host World Cup in 2026

With 2026 FIFA World Cup awarded to North American bid, Baltimore moves closer to soccer's biggest stage

The North American countries won with 134 votes, or 67 percent, against an upstart campaign from Morocco, which garnered 65 votes, in the Wednesday morning vote in Moscow.

If soccer leadership plays its cards right, it will be take its place as America's fifth "major sport" by the time the 2026 World Cup rolls around.

Given FIFA essentially uses its cash cow to fund everything else, the North American bid's promise of a record $11 billion in profit resonated.

Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are all candidates cities for games at the tournament that will be hosted by Canada, the US and Mexico. National-team base camps could also be held at local sites such as Loyola Maryland and Navy.

The "United Bid" had been favourites from the start but Morocco's promise of a "European World Cup in Africa" was appealing to the committee.

North America will host the 2026 World Cup and South Florida could be selected to host a match.

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. As a host country, Canada will be allowed to play in the 2026 games. So between selling us getting involved, it's also: "What can we set as the footprint to leave a better Baltimore after the event's gone?"

Under Trump, relations between the United States, Canada and Mexico have plumbed new lows thanks to disputes in the renegotiation of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, a $1.1 trillion trade pact that ties the three countries' economies together and which Trump has said should be scrapped.

Nashville has recently hosted World Cup Qualifying matches and CONCACAF Gold Cup matches.

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U.S. venues include the Pasadena Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, venue for the 1994 World Cup final.

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

Of the 23 cities chosen as potential host sites, 15 now have MLS teams.

Bid leader Cordeiro said his team was "humbled" by the result and predicted the tournament would put football "on a new and sustainable path for generations to come".

President Donald Trump supported the joint World Cup bid, though he also drew a rebuke from Federation Internationale de Football Association in April after he tweeted that "it would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the USA bid".

The city has a chance to host warm-up friendly matches and perhaps other events ahead of the global soccer competition, which returns to the United States for the first time since 1994.

US star forward Abby Wambach, now retired, was front and centre in the human rights challenge.

Iveson said host cities need between about $30 to $50 million to cover transportation and security costs and other improvement, and that he is looking for provincial money to help support that bid.

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