Finally at long last, the 2026 World Cup will be hosted by…

After a long and grueling campaign by the joint bid of the United States Soccer Federation, Mexican Football Association, and the Canadian Football Association, and the campaign of the Moroccan Football Association has yielded that the 2026 World Cup will be hosted by… United States, Canada and Mexico

Here are some of the changes coming to the 2026 World Cup:

  • 48 teams (increase from 32)
  • 16 groups of 3 (instead of 8 groups of 4)
  • First-time that a World Cup will be hosted by 3 nations

As far as the cities that could be used in the winning bid for the 2026 World Cup:

Canada

  • Montreal
  • Toronto
  • Edmonton

Mexico

  • Mexico City
  • Guadalajara
  • Monterrey

United States

  • Seattle
  • Bay Area
  • Los Angeles (Rose Bowl)
  • Denver
  • Kansas City
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • Atlanta
  • Nashville
  • Cincinnati
  • Washigton DC
  • Baltimore
  • Philadelphia
  • New York/ New Jersey (MetLife Stadium-Might host the final)
  • Boston

And finally here is the actual vote:

(Curtesy from The New York Times)

The votes needed to gain a majority was 102

Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands as well as the bidding nations cannot vote

Cuba and Slovenia abstained

IR Iran voted against both bids

Spain and Ghana did not show up and was marked as absent. Ghana didn’t show due to a BBC documentary that caught them accepting bribes whereas Spain sacked their coach the day before the World Cup, the same day as the FIFA Congress

Some notable votes:

  • France, Netherlands, Belgium all committed to the Moroccan bid
  • Afghanistan  committed for the United bid
  • South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Liberia all broke ranks and committed to vote for the United bid
  • All but Brazil of CONMEBOL nations voted for the United bid
  • All 7 of the Central American Zone of CONCACAF have pledged their vote to the United bid
  • At the day of the vote, the majority was 102 votes
  • Entering the day, there are 34 Member Nations who have committed towards the North American bid with 25 leaning
  • Entering the day, the Moroccan bid had 22 Member Nations who have committed to vote for them and 7 leaning

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