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FIFA World Cup 2026 to be hosted in the US, Canada and Mexico
The 'most beautiful' game is coming to North America!
It's official, the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in North America.
The joint bid for the world's biggest football tournament means that Stadiums in Canada, the USA and Mexico will host matches. With the number of teams in the 2026 tournament set to be increased to 48, this will be the biggest World Cup tournament ever held.
Discussing the outcome of today's vote, which took place in Moscow ahead of the start of the 2018 World Cup, US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said that "Football is the only victor. We are all united in football".
The US will be the major contributor to the event, with 10 cities in the United States hosting matches, whilst the remaining 6 host cities will be split between Mexico and Canada. The final will be held at the MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Jets and the New York Giants.
Shortly after the announcment, US President Donald Trump tweeted:
The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup. Congratulations - a great deal of hard work!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
Although the US Soccer team narrowly missed out on a place in this year's World Cup tournament, the development is another step in football's growing popularity in North America. With global stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic moving to the MLS, former England star Wayne Rooney heavily linked to the MLS side DC United in Washington, and the recent announcement that David Beckham will lead a new MLS franchise in Miami, there are definite signs that the beautiful game is gravitating towards North America. With the English Premier League seeing record numbers of viewers in the States, this Summer also sees several Premier League teams embarking on Summer friendly matches (post World Cup) in the States - see below for full details.
Later this year, there will also be an opportunity to see the US soccer team facing off against England at Wembley Stadium in an International Friendly in November - keep an eye on TheAmerican.co.uk or sign up to our newsletters for further details when the fixture date is formalized.
It looks like Soccer is coming up Trumps in North America.
Which Premier League teams are playing in the USA this Summer, when and where?
• July 22, versus Borussia Dortmund (Bank of America Stadium, North Carolina)
• July 25, versus Manchester City (MetLife Stadium, New York)
• July 28, versus Manchester United (Michigan Stadium, Michigan)
• July 20, versus Borussia Dortmund (Soldier Field Stadium, Chicago)
• July 25, versus Liverpool (MetLife Stadium, New York)
• July 28, versus Bayern Munich (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami)
• July 19, versus Club America (Phoenix University Stadium, Arizona)
• July 22, versus San Jose Earthquakes (Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, Texas)
• July 25, versus AC Milan (Rose Bowl Stadium, Los Angeles)
• July 28, versus Liverpool (Michigan Stadium, Michigan)
• July 31, versus Real Madrid (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami)
• July 25, versus Roma (SDCCU Stadium, San Diego)
• July 28, versus Barcelona (Rose Bowl Stadium, Los Angeles)
• July 31, versus AC Milan (US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis)