The 2026 World Cup will be played in North America

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.

North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup.

The United States will be a host nation for soccer's World Cup in 2026, and Jacksonville could be among the destinations for the world's top players to tune up before the tournament kicks off. National-team base camps could also be held at local sites such as Loyola Maryland and Navy.

Part of the United bid guaranteed all games would be played on natural grass, which means if Commonwealth Stadium is chosen as a final venue, the artificial turf would be replaced for the tournament.

Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are now the only Canadian cities that could host matches.

"It just made a lot of sense to accommodate and expand a tournament have all three countries host and really kind of spread the football love all around North America", Shanks added.

"Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport", Cordeiro said. 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?" He reportedly wrote letters to bid officials ensuring that "all eligible athletes, officials and fans from all countries around the world would be able to enter the United States without discrimination".

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Mexico has hosted the World Cup twice, in 1970 and 1986.

Canada, Mexico, and the United States will now jointly manage preparations for the massive events until Federation Internationale de Football Association establishes their operations to manage the competition. "I'm grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to get us to this point". Canada has never staged a men's World Cup, but hosted the women's tournament in 2015.

While Portland is known for its tremendous support of soccer, the city doesn't have a stadium that would support the attendance numbers expected for a World Cup game.

"We're looking forward to putting this soccer city on the world's greatest sporting stage".

The joint-bid predicted that it would be the most profitable event ever staged, which no doubt tempted many countries, whilst the fact no new stadiums would have to be built and the infrastructure was already place gave them an advantage over Morocco. But to ensure the point is moot, Jones said the US must reach underserved communities to find talent, develop teens such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and the Red Bulls' Tyler Adams and bring soccer passion to the public. Canada and Mexico would then host ten games each.

It is the fifth time Morocco has failed with a bid to host the tournament.

Vancouver will watch from the sidelines after the B.C. government, citing concerns over the possible costs of being a host city, was unable to come to terms with the bid committee.

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