The U.S., Canada and Mexico’s joint bid to host soccer’s World Cup in 2026 has been accepted this morning.
A proposal by the three nations was formally submitted to FIFA, the sport’s governing body, last week. It competed against a bid from Morocco.
The 207 members of FIFA not involved in the bids voted on Wednesday morning in Moscow, Russia.
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Branded United 2026, the North American bid’s venues would be selected from among a total 23 stadiums that exist or already are under construction, including three each in Mexico and Canada. Sixteen of the U.S. stadiums are home to NFL teams.
The American cities that could potentially host games are:Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington.
Canada’s venues would be in Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto, while the Mexican potential host cities are Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey.
Prior to the vote, FIFA’s inspections report favored the North American bid, highlighting three “high risk” elements in Morocco’s bid: stadiums, hotels and transport.