The United States, Mexico, and Canada will jointly host the 2026 World Cup tournament after Qatar in 2022. The successful North and Central American joint-bid was announced early Wednesday.
The United States will play host to 60 of the 80 matches, including the quarterfinals, semifinals and final. Mexico and Canada will split the remaining 20 matches. Twenty-three cities are competing to become the 16 match venues.
According to the Washington Post, 11 of the 17 proposed U.S. venues will likely be awarded matches. The final decision is not expected for another two years.
The trio outbid Morocco, somewhat a bounce back for the United States that submitted a solo bid for 2022 but was defeated by Qatar eight years ago. The FIFA member associations greenlit the 'United Bid' following a landslide 134-65 vote.
This will be the second time the World Cup will have more than one host, Japan and South Korea split host duties in 2002. However, this is the first time three countries will jointly host the tournament.
The 2026 staging of the soccer tournament will, for the first time, feature an extended 48-team line-up from the regular 32.
Mexico will become the first nation to host the tournament on three occasions. The Central American country previously hosted the World Cup in 1970 and again in 1986.
Canada, who hosted the Women’s World Cup in 2015, will make its hosting debut for the men's tournament.