A combined bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada won the hosting rights for the 2026 FIFA World Cup on yesterday. The three countries will bring the tournament to North America for the first time since 1994, with the majority of the matches, including the final, in the United States.
Head of the Guyana Football Federation GFF, Wayne Forde, congratulated the three host countries and noted that he too played a role in the CONCACAF nations being successful, “On June 11th, 2018, I was given an opportunity to address the CONCACAF Congress and make a commanding case for the United Bid, I am very proud of playing a small but significant role in this historical decision.”
Voters were persuaded by promises of record crowds, record revenues and, perhaps crucially, a record $11 billion in profit for FIFA, world soccer’s governing body.
The 2026 tournament will be one of firsts. It will be the first time the World Cup is hosted by three countries, the first time it has a 48-team format, up from 32 teams, and it was the first time the vote was decided by FIFA’s entire membership. Of the tournament’s 80 matches, 10 will be in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the United States — including the final, at MetLife Stadium in the New York City suburb of East Rutherford, N.J.
The last time the men’s World Cup was held in North America was when the United States hosted in 1994. It was held in Mexico in 1970 and 1986. Canada has never hosted.
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