United States to host 2026 World Cup in joint effort with Canada, Mexico

Posted at 7:01 AM, Jun 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-13 15:24:56-04

The United States will host the 2026 World Cup as part of a joint effort with Canada and Mexico in what is being called United 2026.

In a joint statement on the United 2026 website, the presidents of U.S. Soccer, Mexican Soccer and Canada said, "Canada, Mexico and the United States have been granted the honor of hosting the world’s most extraordinary sporting event for many reasons, but one of the biggest was because of the passion of our fans across our three countries."

The United 2026 bid was up against Morocco, but the FIFA member federations voted for the United bid.

There will be 48 teams playing a total of 80 matches, 60 of which will be played within the United States. The last time the United States hosted a World Cup was in 1994. 

While Detroit isn't a city that will host a World Cup match, Cincinnati and Toronto are the two closest cities where world cup matches could be played. In all, 23 cities were selected as potential hosts, and that has to be narrowed down to 16 total cities which will host World Cup matches.