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13th Jun 2018

The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by Canada, the United States and Mexico

The North American bid beat the only other announced candidate Morocco

Simon Lloyd

The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by Canada, the United States and Mexico

A vote to decide where the tournament will be staged in eight years was held at Fifa’s annual congress meeting in Moscow on Wednesday – the eve of the 2018 World Cup’s opening game.

The joint bid from the three nations beat Morocco, the only other announced candidate. It will see 16 cities play host to games at the tournament: 10 in the US and three each in Canada and Mexico.

The final will take place in New York’s MetLife Stadium and will be the second World Cup final to be played in the US. The previous one came in 1994, where Brazil defeated Italy on penalties at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California.

2026 will see the US host their second World Cup final

The US hosted the entire tournament on their own in 1994, the only time the World Cup has taken place in the country. Mexico hosted the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, while Canada staged the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Carlos Cordeiro, president of US soccer, had said in the run-up to the vote that it would generate $14bn (£10.3bn) in revenue and make an $11bn (£8.1bn) profit for the world’s governing body.

Ahead of the vote, the two candidates made final 15-minute presentations to the other Fifa member nations. The voting process had been simplified following the controversy which followed the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively.