U.S., Mexico and Canada to host World Cup 2026

AP

The world’s most popular sport returns its iconic tournament to North American soil in 2026, as the United States, Mexico and Canada won their joint-host bid for the World Cup.  The countries won in a vote over their lone competitor, Morocco.

The U.S. will host World Cup games for the first time since the 1994 Cup, whose Final was held at the Rose Bowl.  The 2026 Final is planned to be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The ’26 Cup will also feature an expanded tournament field of 48 teams, up from the conventional thirty-two teams.  It will be also be the first time three countries will combine to join-host the tournament.

The joint plan includes sixty of eighty games to be played on U.S. soil, including each match from the quarterfinals onward, while Canada and Mexico will host ten matches a piece.

The United States did not qualify for this year’s World Cup, which opens Thursday in Russia.  The 2022 Cup is currently awarded to Qatar.

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