MOSCOW — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.
The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.
The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA’s elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010.
The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each. North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over risky Moroccan proposals for the first 48-team tournament.
This is great news. GREAT NEWS. This years world cup is a little tough for me to get into, and I’m pretty sure Nick as well. No US AND no Italy is a big blow to two paisans like us. This morning tho, straight from the clouds, we get this glorious news! I can’t WAIT to be a hooligan at a big time world cup match at MetLife Stadium. It’s gonna be wild! USMNT better get their shit in gear so we can win this thing. Can’t have a shit showing on your home turf no sir.
PS: dark horse pick for this years title: Croatia. Last I checked it was +3300. Toss a little something on that along with your Germany bet (+450 and the rightful favorite to win this thing) & enjoy!