On the eve of opening of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, North America was awarded the right to host the men’s 2026 World Cup to the United Bid featuring Canada, Mexico and the United States.
The second world cup to be hosted on US soil will be the biggest World Cup tournament to be held so far, held across three nations, featuring an enlarged format of 48 teams, with a record 80 matches being held in 23 cities and with a record revenue projection of $14 billion
When the United States previously hosted the World Cup back in 1994 it had the highest average attendance in the tournaments history. Incidentally Canada staged the Women’s World Cup in 2015.
As recently as a few months ago Morocco looked to be the favourable choice, but the North America proposal, dubbed United 2026, turned out to be the overwhelmingly popular choice amongst the 200 member nations of Fifa, with a landslide vote of 134-65 over Morocco.
A statement from MLS Commissioner Don Garber read: “The decision to host World Cup 2026 in Canada, Mexico and the United States is a testament to our three nations coming together for the United Bid, and a monumental step in our collective mission to further advance the game of soccer in North America,” read a statement from Major League Soccer.
“We congratulate all of those who worked tirelessly to bring the World Cup back to North America and thank the countries that voted for the United Bid, and for their belief in our vision for the future of the sport in our region,” continued the MLS statement. “There is no doubt that World Cup 2026 will elevate the sport of soccer to entirely new levels and Major League Soccer is honored to be a part of this joyous day.”