It is being reported that a delegation representing the United States, Canada, and Mexico have won a bid from the FIFA Congress to host the World Cup in 2026. The Congress voted 134 to 65 in favor of the North American venues over a bid from Morocco to host the world’s most-watched sporting event.
“Football is the only victor. We are all united in football,” US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said, as BBC reports. “Thank you so, so much for this incredible honor. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege.”
“Hosting the 2026 Fifa World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport,” U.S. Soccer said, per the report. “We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the Fifa family have put in our bid, strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the Concacaf region and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come.”
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 13, 2018
According to a report from Fox News, the FIFA Congress met together on Wednesday, the day before the current World Cup games are set to begin in Russia with the host country taking on Saudi Arabia.
— United 2026 (@united2026) June 13, 2018
While Canada and Mexico are expected to share in hosting the games, 60 of the 80 World Cup matches will be held throughout the U.S.
The last time the U.S. hosted the soccer tournament was 1994. In the 1994 games, the U.S. won their first World Cup match since 1950 but was knocked out after advancing through the group stage. The team that beat the U.S. was the team that went on to win the whole tournament, Brazil.
Mexico became the first country to host the World Cup twice after hosting it in 1970 and 1986; they will now be the first team to host matches for the third time.
Breaking News: FIFA votes to play 2026 World Cup in North America over Moroccan bid. Matches will be held in U.S., Canada and Mexico.https://t.co/3wPtc2GVBN
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) June 13, 2018
Here’s more, per Fox News:
The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament played in the expanded 48-team format, up from the current 32 countries. It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries, Goal reported.
With Russia hosting in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, no countries from either Europe or Asia were allowed to bid for the 2026 tournament. The only two official bids came from the U.S.-Canada-Mexico of North America, and Morocco of Africa.
Qatar, who will host in 4 years’ time, will mark the first time the tournament is played during winter months because of the nation’s high temperatures during summertime.
President Trump quickly congratulated the U.S.-led delegation for their work in winning the vote.
“The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup. Congratulations – a great deal of hard work!” Trump said in a tweet.
The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup. Congratulations – a great deal of hard work!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
Trump previously commented on the North American bid to host the games and said “it would be a shame” if other countries contested it.
“The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup,” Trump tweeted. “It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?”
The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup. It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 26, 2018