United States, Canada and Mexico to jointly host 2026 World Cup

United States, Canada and Mexico to jointly host 2026 World Cup

"I would like to thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Majesty the King, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, and my good friend His Excellency Turki Al-Sheikh for your tremendous support of the United bid", said Cordeiro.

A total of 80 games will be played with 60 planned in the United States and 10 each in Canada and Mexico with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to National Football League teams New York Giants and New York Jets.

The United States will be joined by Canada and Mexico in hosting the 2026 World Cup, FIFA has announced.

Before the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Jacksonville served as the host for a friendly match between the US team and Moldova, played at Wolfson Park while the old Gator Bowl underwent extensive reconstruction.

At his "Direct Line" Q&A session on June 7, Putin said he had expected the Russian national team to succeed at the tournament. The intercontinental playoff will be held somewhere in the United States, Canada or Mexico, perhaps in November 2025.

According to the Executive Director of the United Bid Committee, John Kristick, "We can focus on the game".

Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA president Gianni Infantino
Sputnik Sergey Guneev Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA president Gianni Infantino

Since the World Cup - at least on the men's side - must be played on grass, the artificial turf at Olympic Stadium will need to be replaced and the roof will need to open.

England, like Morocco, knows the feeling of falling short in the bid to host the World Cup.

Canada has played host to numerous Federation Internationale de Football Association events in the past, including the men's Under-16 World Championship in 1987, the 2002 under-19 women's World Championship, the 2007 men's Under-20 World Cup, the 2014 Under-20 Women's World Cup and the 2015 Women's World Cup.

If we're spitballing, it's hard to imagine the United States being forced to qualify for a World Cup in which it is the predominant host. But given the increase in the size of the field and FIFA's desire to squeeze every buck out of the tournament, it would be shocking if the host countries were not front and centre.

Of the 23 cities chosen as potential host sites, 15 now have MLS teams. And given the artificial turf the women were forced to play on and the threats made against those who protested, I believe Canadian, U.S., and Mexico soccer officials still owe female players an apology.

Nashville has recently hosted World Cup Qualifying matches and CONCACAF Gold Cup matches. Jones helped the fledgling MLS in 1996, and said this World Cup can have even more impact. The U.S. hosted once in 1994. But short of scoring a political own goal, the biggest sporting event in the world should be headed to the Emerald City in eight years. There was no professional league, numerous national team players came from New Jersey and California, watching live professional games from Europe was almost impossible, and the World Cup ratings from 1990 in Italy were miniscule.

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But it's water under the bridge". "It's a World Cup, you always go with the same desire", De Gea said. "It is important to be focused and be 100 per cent".