North America to host 2026 FIFA World Cup, and D.C. is a candidate city
June 13, 2018
By The 2030 Group
By: Michael Neibauer
The United States, Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup, and the D.C. and Baltimore areas are both in the running as host cities.
The North American bid easily defeated its only challenger, Morocco, by a 134-65 vote. Voting took place during the 68th FIFA Congress at the Moscow Expo Center. The U.S. will not be playing in the upcoming 2018 World Cup, so this was a much-needed victory.
“Thank you for the incredible privilege,” U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro told the FIFA members, as reported by the New York Times. “Football today is the only victor.”
D.C. and Baltimore are among 23 candidate host cities that were included in the bid book. The vast majority of the 2026 games, 80 in all, will be played in the U.S., in cities, perhaps, from Boston to Miami to San Francisco to Seattle. Canada offered Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto while Mexico has offered Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City.
Every candidate city has an existing stadium with an average capacity of more than 68,000.
This is the first time three nations will have hosted the World Cup. The U.S. last hosted in 1994, while Mexico has hosted twice, in 1970 and 1986. Canada has never hosted.