(MOSCOW, RUSSIA) – On the eve of the World Cup in Russia, FIFA has announced that Canada, Mexico, and the United States will co-host the 2026 edition, which will feature 48 teams. The bid to host soccer’s greatest tournament received 67% of the FIFA Congress votes cast, beating out Morocco.
It will be the first time that FIFA’s event will take to the pitch on Canadian soil. Canada previously hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Canada and Mexico would each host 10 games while the ion’s share of 60 would be played in the US. Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto will probably host the matches in Canada.
“Hosting a FIFA World Cup is an extraordinary honor and privilege,” Steven Reed, the president of Canada Soccer, said in a statement. “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.”
Mexico has hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986 while the US was home to the tournament in 1994.
“This a milestone moment for soccer in this country. Having the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada will transform the way that Canadians perceive the global game and change the way the world sees Canada,” said CPL commissioner David Clanachan. “We look forward to having the 2026 FIFA World Cup played in Canadian stadiums, and we are even more excited at the possibility of having CPL athletes playing on the world’s biggest stage on home soil.”
The new format in 2026 will see 48 teams compete in 16 round-robin groups of three teams each, with the top two from each pool moving on to a 32-nation knockout, all the while still taking place over 32 days.