Member nations voted this morning at FIFA’s 68th Congress in Russia to determine where the 2026 World Cup will be held.
This is the first time the World Cup tournament has been awarded by a vote of member countries, rather than FIFA executives.
The 2026 World Cup will also be the first to feature 48 teams.
Canada is expected to host 10 of the 80 total matches, with specific host cities still yet to be decided.
Whatever the venues are, they’ll all need to receive serious upgrades, but that’ll surely still be more cost-effective than building stadiums from scratch, as has been the case in other World Cups.
The United States last hosted the World Cup in 1994, the process of which gave us MLS. That provides an interesting parallel this time around, with the Canadian Premier League taking shape – a fact that may have helped this bid.
Canada has hosted several international FIFA events as well, including the 2007 Under-20 World Cup and the 2015 Women’s World Cup.