U.S., Mexico, & Canada to Host 2026 World Cup

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Nashville was included in the 23 cities involved in the bid, meaning a World Cup game could be played in Music City.

North America will host the 2026 World Cup after Federation Internationale de Football Association voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

The North American bid beat competition from Morocco, which was hoping to become just the second African country to host soccer's biggest worldwide tournament.

Gianluigi Buffon, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, is also one of the tournament's legendary No. 1s, as is Spain's Iker Casillas, who lifted the trophy in South Africa in 2010. "We'll have discussions with U.S. Soccer about what happens next".

In the closing days before the vote, Trump ― who won't be president during the 2026 World Cup, even if he wins re-election in 2020 ― promised that visiting players and fans would not face visa problems around the tournament. The stadium is slated for several upgrades starting in about 2022, regardless of whether Edmonton hosts the 2026 World Cup.

Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium fared well in FIFA's assessment of potential game venues, and the city is considered the favorite to host the World Cup Team Workshop, which brings together delegations from all 48 competing nations for a pretournament introduction to the World Cup's organization. Morocco's bid garnered a score of 2.7, along with a stark warning from the inspection team that "the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality can not be overstated". Any warm-up matches would likely occur in late May or early June 2026, though the tournament dates have yet to be confirmed.

The plan is that Canada and Mexico would each host 10 matches, while 60 matches would be played in the United States.

That's just one of 12 stadiums that teams from 32 countries will be playing at during the World Cup. Such a determination may not occur until at least late 2025, once teams qualify and learn their opening-round assignments.

Under current rules, each base camp must include a hotel and nearby training facilities.

In qualification for the 2018 World Cup, the U.S. surprisingly finished fifth in a group of six countries in the fifth round of qualification, only ahead of Trinidad & Tobago.

The vote was conducted on the eve of the 2018 World Cup, which is scheduled to kick off Thursday in host nation Russian Federation.

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