Football: 2026 FIFA World Cup to be held in North America

The 2026 Football World Cup will be held in the USA, Canada and Mexico, after FIFA's congress voted on Thursday (NZ time) to back the tri-nation joint bid for the tournament.   

They saw off a rival bid from Morocco to land the tournament.

The US/Canada/Mexico bid received 134 votes to Morocco's 65, with one of the 203 votes opting for neither.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first to feature 48 teams, up from the current 32, playing a total of 80 games - 60 in the US and 10 each in Canada and Mexico - over 34 days.

The final will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

"Football is the only victor," US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said. "We are all united in football. 

"Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege."

Both Mexico (1970 and 1986) and the United States (1994) have previously hosted World Cups, while Canada hosted the 2015 Women's World Cup.