2026 World Cup Comes to North America’s United Bid

2026 World Cup Comes to North America’s United Bid

The North American United 2026 bid to host the FIFA World Cup has been successful. The 13th item on the agenda at the FIFA Congress wound up being rather fortuitous for the combined Mexican, Canadian and United States’ efforts to host the first edition of this prestigious competition to feature 48 teams.

When all the votes were counted, the result was a landslide for the heavyweight favorites who won by 134 votes to 65. Iran and rather surprisingly, Spain both abstained altogether, while two of the four US territories Morocco were so concerned about decided to recuse themselves, perhaps knowing in advance that a result many experts had predicted would be too close to call was, after all, only going one way.


Spain’s reason for distraction became apparent later in the day when it was announced that head coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked by the Spanish Federation just two days before the World Cup, for agreeing to take the vacant Real Madrid job at the conclusion of the tournament without consulting his bosses.

Having announced eye-watering prospective revenues for FIFA, the north Americans were ecstatic at being given the chance to host the first expanded 48-team tournament.

With Saudi Arabia pulling the strings, most of Asia lined up behind United 2026, though two of Europe’s big-hitters in France and Italy went with Morocco, as did Brazil who broke ranks within CONMEBOL.

Thoughts now turn to finalizing the host cities for the main tournament itself. 23 potential host cities have been identified, with the final 16 to be decided in the coming months.

An open letter was published on behalf of the three federations:


Dear Presidents, General Secretaries and members of our FIFA family,

Like you, we are thrilled that the FIFA World Cup™ is coming to North America in 2026!

Canada, Mexico and the United States have been granted the honor of hosting the world’s most extraordinary sporting event for many reasons, but one of the biggest was because of the passion of our fans across our three countries.

Yes, you had a major impact! Your enthusiasm—not just for your own teams, but for teams from all over the world—helped us demonstrate to FIFA and football federations across the globe that we will be able to deliver the absolute best experience for players and fans in 2026.

Thank you for being on this journey with us. Over the next eight years, we look forward to working together with everyone that is part of our football family—especially you and fans everywhere—to host the greatest celebration of football the world has ever seen!

Steven Reed
President, Canada Soccer

Decio De Maria
President,Federación Mexicana de Fúbol Asociación

Carlos Cordeiro
President, U.S. Soccer

Similarly, reaction from around the rest of the United States was upbeat:

While there is certainly a fair amount of heavy lifting to be done between now and the first kick of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, it can only be considered a positive for residents of this continent. Stay tuned to SoccerNation.com for more on this subject in the weeks, months and years to come!


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    Friends of soccer,

    When the USA failed to qualify, I felt compelled to reminded those around me that we all needed to take a breath and not get caught up in the fallout. I was reminding myself that life goes on and our kids and the lessons the game teaches them are what matters more than anything else. When the US, Canada, and Mexico’s joint bid was announced as the winner for the 2026 World Cup, I couldn’t help but feel like a little kid again. I went from crushing disappointment to exuberant celebration in a surprisingly short amount of time.

    We are just over 10 days into the 2018 World Cup and I have enjoyed tournament much more than I expected considering the US is not in it. There have been great goals, upsets, and so many close matches that have kept me glued to the TV. It’s incredibly exciting and a constant reminder of why I love this game so much. There really is nothing like it in all of sports and it is truly one of those experiences that gives me the chills just thinking about it. I am so thrilled that we will be hosting the tournament again and that so many of us and our families will have the chance to go to World Cup matches right here in our own backyard.

    The future of our game in this country is bright. We are seeing more young talented players coming up on the National team, more players taking part at the youth level, and more people watching it on TV every year. 2026 will no doubt be the pinnacle of US Soccer to date and I can’t wait to see what that looks like. I can’t help but think about how many more kids, parents, and fans will be inspired by the next World Cup tournament and the long-reaching ripple effect that it will have on our country and our game. So for now – sit back, relax, and enjoy this summer’s World Cup. Like so much in life, soccer is one heck of a ride and learning to manage the highs and lows is all part of the game.

    Salute and GO USA!