Early Wednesday morning, the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States was selected to host the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup by the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow. It’s the first time that FIFA’s Member Associations voted on the host for the Men’s World Cup. The United Bid won 134-65.
It’ll be the first time that three countries host and the first men’s tournament in North America since it was held in the United State in 1994.
“Hosting a FIFA World Cup™ is an extraordinary honor and privilege,” Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid said in a news release after the announcement. “Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World Cup™ in history. Our vision is of a world of opportunity for our Candidate Host Cities and for the global football community.”
“We are grateful for the chance to bring to life FIFA’s new vision for the future of football,” Decio de Maria, President of Mexico Football Federation and Co-Chair of the United Bid said in the release. “Together-in partnership with our Candidate Host Cities, the Member Associations, and FIFA-we will use this platform to unite the world around football and help create a new and sustainable blueprint for the future of FIFA World Cups™.”
“Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport,” Carlos Cordeiro, President of U.S. Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid in the release. “We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the FIFA family have put in our bid; strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the CONCACAF region; and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come.”
NWSL officials and players reacted to the news.
“Looking forward to celebrating with all fans as we unite for the world’s game,” NWSL managing director Amanda Duffy said.
Congrats to 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup hosts @CanadaSoccerEN, @FMF and @USSoccer as well as all involved in @United2026….the largest World Cup is coming to North America! Looking forward to celebrating with all fans as we unite for the world’s game. #Unity2026 ?? ?? ??
— Amanda M. Duffy (@AmandaMDuffy) June 13, 2018
NWSL players who represent all three countries also celebrated the announcement.
Canada’s Janine Beckie:
BEST NEWS!! What an incredible event this is going to be. Congratulations to everyone with the MFM, USSF and of course @CanadaSoccerEN I got to see first hand the work that was put into this. #United2026 https://t.co/YVLI58rYrX
— Janine Beckie (@janinebeckie4) June 13, 2018
Mexico’s Bianca Henninger:
Felicitaciones a todos los que hicieron que esto suceda. Viene la Copa del Mundo, no puedo creerlo ?????❤️???????? https://t.co/RfUNNJbwsg
— Bianca Henninger (@Beeyoncs) June 13, 2018
The United States’ Alex Morgan:
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) June 13, 2018