MOSCOW — The soccer World Cup will return to the United States in 2026 for the first time since 1984, as the joint bid of the U.S., Mexico and Canada defeated Morocco, its only challenger, at the FIFA annual Congress on Wednesday. 200 national soccer federations casted their ballots to cap FIFA’s annual Congress.
“This is an incredible, and incredibly important, moment for soccer in North America and beyond,” said Carlos Cordeiro, the president of U.S. Soccer.
The 2026 tournament will feature an expanded field of 48 teams — the current field has 32 — and will mark the first time in FIFA’s history that a three-nation bid has been awarded the showpiece event.
The joint bid’s plans call for 60 of the 80 games to be played in the United States — including all matches from the quarterfinals onward — while Canada and Mexico host 10 apiece. The final is expected to be played at MetLife Stadium, just outside New York.
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) 13 juni 2018