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Canada, Mexico and the US to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino congratulates the United 2026 bid officials Carlos Cordeiro, Decio de Maria Serrano and Steve Reed, at the FIFA Congress in Moscow. Photo: Getty
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The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA’s congress voted in Moscow on Wednesday to back the tri-nation joint bid for the tournament.

The North American bid beat the rival Morocco proposal, winning 134 votes to 65.

The 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams playing a total of 80 games − 60 are planned in the US and 10 each in Canada and Mexico.

The final is expected to be played at MetLife Stadium, just outside New York.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced the victory, which was widely expected after the evaluation reports.

The enormous revenues and existing infrastructure were central to the USA-Mexico-Canada bid, with a projected profit of $11 billion making it the most lucrative tournament ever.

This could mean as much as $50 million more in distributions to each member nation.

Morocco was always viewed as the outsider to win and was hit hard by FIFA’s evaluation report, published on June 1, which heavily favoured the United Bid.

The United bid scored 402 out of a possible 500, while Morocco received only 275, largely due to lack of infrastructure.

It factored in Moroccan officials’ admission that almost $16 billion was required for the necessary development.

-with Agencies