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2026 FIFA World Cup bid
United 2026
Canada–Mexico–United States 2026
USA-Canada-Mexico 2026 World Cup Bid Logo (local).png
United 2026 bid logo
Tournament details
Host countries Canada
Mexico
United States
Venue(s) 16 (selected from a proposal of 23) (in 16 host cities)
2022
2030

United 2026 was a successful joint bid, led by the United States Soccer Federation, to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the United States, as well as sites in Canada and Mexico as co-hosts.

While the soccer federations of Canada, Mexico, and the United States had individually announced plans to field a bid for the 2026 World Cup, the concept of a joint bid among the three North American countries was first proposed in 2016. The joint bid was officially unveiled on April 10, 2017, under which the tournament would be held at venues in all three countries. A shortlist of 23 candidate cities were named in the official bid, with 17 in the U.S., 3 in Canada, and 3 in Mexico. Ten U.S. candidate cities will join three Canadian candidate cities, and three Mexican candidate cities, to form the roster of 16 cities that will host the matches of this World Cup. Although a joint bid, the majority of the matches will be held in the United States. Canada and Mexico will host 10 matches each, while the United States will host the other 60, including all matches from the quarterfinals onward.[1][2]

On June 13, 2018, at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia, the United bid was selected by 134 votes to Morocco's 65, while Iran voted for neither.[3] Upon this selection, Canada will become the fifth country to host both the men's and women's World Cup, joining Sweden, the United States, Germany, and France. Mexico will become the first country to host three men's World Cups, and the United States will become the first country to host both the men's and women's World Cup twice each. This will be the first World Cup to be hosted in three countries and the first since 2002, and the second overall, to have multiple host countries.

Background

The three soccer federations of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. announced interest to submit a bid for the 2026 World Cup years before the federations intended to unify their efforts.

In July 2012, Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani confirmed plans for a Canadian bid, saying: "We have verbally told FIFA that when the bid process begins for the next available World Cup, which would be the 2026 World Cup, that the CSA will be one of the countries putting in a formal proposal".[4] At the time the bid was announced, Canada had hosted the men's 1987 Under-16 World Championship and the U-20 World Cups for both men and women; the country has since hosted the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015. In October 2013, Montagliani confirmed Canada's intention to bid for the 2026 tournament[5] and the Canadian Soccer Association reiterated this in January 2014.[6]

In September 2012, Mexican Football Federation President Justino Compeán confirmed plans for a Mexican bid.[7] In October 2013, Liga MX President said that Mexico is interested in joining forces with the U.S. to co-host a bid for the 2026 World Cup.[8] On December 9, 2014, the Mexican Football Federation confirmed that it is bidding for the 2026 World Cup.[9] If the campaign is successful, Mexico will be the first nation to have hosted the World Cup three times.

On May 13, 2016, at the FIFA Congress in Mexico City, USSF board member John Motta told ESPN "whatever happens, we will bid for the 2026 World Cup -- either jointly (with Mexico or Canada) or we will go it alone."[10] The United States hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup and unsuccessfully bid for the 2022 World Cup, which was won by Qatar in 2010. On April 18, 2015, Brazilian legend Pelé stated that the United States should host the 2026 World Cup.[11]

In December 2016 Victor Montagliani, CONCACAF president announced for the first time a possibility of a joint bid between the United States, Canada, and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup.[12]

On April 10, 2017, the three bodies officially announced their intent to submit a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.[1][13]

Bid process

Bidding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup was postponed due to the 2015 FIFA corruption case and the subsequent resignation of Sepp Blatter,[14] then was restarted following the FIFA Council meeting on May 10, 2016, wherein the bidding process would consist of four phases:[15]

  • May 2016 – May 2017: a new strategy and consultation phase
  • June 2017 – Dec 2017: enhanced phases for bid preparation
  • March 2018 – June 2018: bid evaluation
  • June 2018: final decision[16]

With no rival bid having emerged since April 2017 the CONCACAF member federations of Canada, Mexico, and the United States sent a joint request to FIFA to hasten the bid process. Canada, Mexico, and the United States wanted FIFA to award the bid outside the traditional bidding process at the June 2018 FIFA Congress in Moscow if the CONCACAF-bid meets FIFA requirements.[17][18]

However the FIFA Council decided on May 8, 2017, that FIFA would have a full bidding procedure. In order to ensure continental rotation of hosting duties, only the member associations of CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, and the OFC were invited, as these continental confederations had not hosted the two previous World Cups.[19] A date of August 11, 2017, was set for submission of an intention to bid.[20]

FIFA football tournament hosting experiences

Together, Canada, Mexico, and the United States have successfully hosted 13 FIFA events, which is the most of any trio of geographically connected nations in the world.[21]

Bid committee

On July 6, 2017, a United Bid Committee was officially formed by the national federations of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, to kick off the bidding process to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America.[22][23][24][25][26]

Honorary chairman of the board

United bid committee board of directors

United bid committee executive team

Potential venues

On August 15, 2017, the United Bid Committee released a list of 49 stadiums in 44 metropolitan markets across the three nations which will be considered for the official bid.[30] The United Bid Committee plans to include 20–25 venues in the official bid, which will be sent to FIFA in March 2018.[30] Stadiums must have a capacity of at least 40,000 for group-round matches and at least 80,000 for the opening match and the final.[30]

On September 7, 2017, the United Bid Committee announced that a total of 41 cities (with 44 venues) had submitted bids marking their official declaration of interest to be included in the final bid:[31] Almost a month later, on October 4, 2017, the list of cities was cut down to 32 with 35 venues.[32] During U.S. Soccer's annual general meeting in Orlando in February 2018, Gulati revealed that the list of cities had been cut down to 26 with 29 venues.[33]better source needed

On March 14, 2018, Vancouver, Minneapolis and Chicago all announced that they were dropping out as potential host cities. All three cities cited concerns over the financial transparency of being a host city and cited FIFA's unwillingness to negotiate financial details as reasons for their decisions; the bid committee announced the next day they had reduced the number of cities in the bid to 23.[34][35][36][37]

Cities had to submit written proposals to the United Bid Committee by January 19, 2018, before being selected by the committee.[38]

The official bid has proposed the main opening match be held in either the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City or at the Rose Bowl in the Los Angeles area, that all three host countries' teams would host their first matches on the first day of the tournament and that the final match be held at MetLife Stadium in the New York City area. The bid also proposed that the two semi-final matches would be held at AT&T Stadium in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. All of the other cities in the American portion of the bid are under consideration for quarter-final matches. The bid book proposal calls for Mexico and Canada to each host seven group-stage games, two matches in the round of 32, and one in the round of 16.[39]

A dagger denotes stadium used for previous men's World Cup tournaments
A double-dagger denotes an indoor stadium

Canada

Montreal, Quebec[37] Edmonton, Alberta[37] Toronto, Ontario[37]
Olympic Stadiumdouble-dagger Commonwealth Stadium BMO Field
Capacity: 61,004
(Bid book capacity: 55,822)
(Expandable to 73,000)
Capacity: 56,302
(Bid book capacity: 56,418)
Capacity: 30,000
(Expanding to 45,500 for tournament)
Olympic Stadium Soccer.JPG FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 - Edmonton.jpg Bmo Field 2016 East Stand.jpg
Canadian proposed venues

Mexico

Mexico City[37] Monterrey, Nuevo León[37] Guadalajara, Jalisco[37]
Estadio Aztecadagger Estadio BBVA Bancomer Estadio Akron
Capacity: 87,523 Capacity: 53,500
(Bid book capacity: 53,460)
Capacity: 46,232
(Bid book capacity: 48,071)
Estadio Azteca 07a.jpg Estadio BBVA Bancomer (1).jpg Omnilife Stadium.png
Mexican proposed venues

United States

Los Angeles, California[37] New York City, New York[37] Washington, D.C.[37] Dallas, Texas[37]
Rose Bowldagger
(Pasadena, California)
MetLife Stadium
(East Rutherford, New Jersey)
FedExField
(Landover, Maryland)
AT&T Stadiumdouble-dagger
(Arlington, Texas)
Capacity: 92,000
(Bid book capacity: 88,432)
Capacity: 82,500
(Bid book capacity: 87,157)
Capacity: 82,000
(Bid book capacity: 70,249)
Capacity: 80,000
(Bid book capacity: 92,967)
(expandable to 100,000)
2008-1206-USC-UCLA-014-RB-gt-PAN crop.jpg Metlife stadium (Aerial view).jpg FedexField-2004BCAclassic.jpg BC Place (19184865604) (2)
Kansas City, Missouri[37] Denver, Colorado[37] Houston, Texas[37] Baltimore, Maryland[37]
Arrowhead Stadium Sports Authority Field at Mile High NRG Stadiumdouble-dagger M&T Bank Stadium
Capacity: 76,416
(Bid book capacity: 76,640)
Capacity: 76,125
(Bid book capacity: 77,595)
Capacity: 71,795
(Bid book capacity: 72,220)
Capacity: 71,006
(Bid book capacity: 70,976)
Aerial view of Arrowhead Stadium 08-31-2013.jpg Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium.jpg Reliantstadium.jpg M&T Bank Stadium DoD.jpg
Atlanta, Georgia[37]
Mercedes-Benz Stadiumdouble-dagger
Capacity: 71,000
(Bid book capacity: 75,000)
(expandable to 83,000)
Peach Bowl Pre-game (27654674649).jpg
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[37] Nashville, Tennessee[37] Seattle, Washington[37] San Francisco/San Jose, California[37]
Lincoln Financial Field Nissan Stadium CenturyLink Field Levi's Stadium
(Santa Clara, California)
Capacity: 69,176
(Bid book capacity: 69,328)
Capacity: 69,143
(Bid book capacity: 69,722)
(expandable to 75,000)
Capacity: 69,000
(expandable to 72,000)
Capacity: 68,500
(Bid book capacity: 70,909)
(expandable to 75,000)
Philly (45).JPG Night Settles on LP Field.jpg Qwest Field North.jpg Broncos vs 49ers preseason game at Levi's Stadium.jpg
Boston, Massachusetts[37] Cincinnati, Ohio[37] Miami, Florida[37] Orlando, Florida[37]
Gillette Stadium
(Foxborough, Massachusetts)
Paul Brown Stadium Hard Rock Stadium
(Miami Gardens, Florida)
Camping World Stadiumdagger
Capacity: 65,878
(Bid book capacity: 70,000)
Capacity: 65,515
(Bid book capacity: 67,402)
Capacity: 64,767
(Bid book capacity: 67,518)
Capacity: 60,219
(Bid book capacity: 65,000)
Gillette Stadium (Top View).jpg Paul Brown Stadium interior 2017.jpg Hard Rock Stadium 2017 2.jpg Citrusbowlmiddle.JPG

Additional venue information

Canada

Mexico

United States

Venues excluded since start of bidding process

Venues that voluntarily dropped out during application process

United States Chicago, Illinois[37] United States Minneapolis, Minnesota[37] Canada Vancouver, British Columbia[37]
Soldier Fielddagger U.S. Bank Stadiumdouble-dagger BC Placedouble-dagger
Capacity: 61,500 Capacity: 66,655
(expandable to 73,000)
Capacity: 54,500
Soldier field 2006.jpg US Bank Stadium interior - Minnesota Vikings orientation.jpg BC Place 2015 Women's FIFA World Cup.jpg

Venues not selected as host cities bid (2nd round)

The following cities were not selected as host cities bid, according to Sunil Gulati, during the 2018 US Soccer Annual General Meeting.[33]

United States Charlotte, North Carolina[37] United States Dallas, Texas[37] United States Detroit, Michigan[37]
Bank of America Stadium Cotton Bowldagger Ford Fielddouble-dagger
Capacity: 75,525 Capacity: 92,100 Capacity: 65,000
(expandable to 70,000)
BofAStadium2015.JPG Cotton Bowl.JPG Ford-Field-September-10-2006.jpg
United States Las Vegas, Nevada[37] United States Los Angeles, California[37]
Las Vegas Stadiumdouble-dagger
(under construction)
Memorial Coliseum Hollywood Park
Capacity: 72,000 Capacity: 93,607 Capacity: 70,240
(expandable to 100,000)
(under construction)
2008-0913-USCOSU-Pan01 crop.jpg
United States Phoenix, Arizona[37] United States Salt Lake City, Utah[37] United States Tampa, Florida[37]
University of Phoenix Stadiumdouble-dagger Rice-Eccles Stadium Raymond James Stadium
Capacity: 63,400
(expandable to 78,600)
Capacity: 48,600 Capacity: 65,890
(expandable to 75,000)
Cardswin1.jpg UtesRiceEccles2.jpg Raymondjames2005.JPG

Venues submitted bid, but not selected as potential venues (1st round)

United States Birmingham, Alabama[37] United States Cleveland, Ohio[37] United States Indianapolis, Indiana[37]
Legion Field FirstEnergy Stadium Lucas Oil Stadiumdouble-dagger
Capacity: 71,594 Capacity: 67,895 Capacity: 62,421
(expandable to 70,000)
Legion Field Aerial 2015.PNG FirstEnergy Stadium soccer.jpg LucasOilStadiumTheLuke.jpg
United States Jacksonville, Florida[37] United States New Orleans, Louisiana[37] Canada Ottawa, Ontario[37]
EverBank Field Mercedes-Benz Superdomedouble-dagger TD Place Stadium
Capacity: 69,132
(expandable to 82,000)
Capacity: 73,208
(expandable to 76,438)
Capacity: 24,000
Superbowl XXXIX, 2005.JPG The Dome New Orleans Man Trip.jpg Frank Clair Stadium north stand, Ottawa.JPG
United States Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania[37] Canada Regina, Saskatchewan[37] United States San Antonio, Texas[37]
Heinz Field Mosaic Stadium Alamodomedouble-dagger
Capacity: 69,690 Capacity: 33,350
(expandable to 40,000)
Capacity: 64,000
Steelers vs Chiefs December 2014.jpg Mosaic Stadium Exterior.jpg UTSA Inaugural Football Game.jpg

Venues contacted, but did not submit bid

Canada Calgary, Alberta[37] United States Green Bay, Wisconsin[37] Canada Montreal, Quebec[37] United States San Diego, California[37] Canada Toronto, Ontario[37]
McMahon Stadium Lambeau Field Saputo Stadium SDCCU Stadium Rogers Centredouble-dagger
Capacity: 35,400
(expandable to 46,020)
Capacity: 81,441 Capacity: 20,801 Capacity: 70,561 Capacity: 54,000
McMahon Stadium 6.jpg Lambeau Field - panoramio (1).jpg 2012 Impact de Montréal au stade Saputo.jpg Qualcomm Jan 14 07.jpg Alouettes at Argonauts 20090617.jpg

Proposed provisional match schedule

Proposed provisional match schedule[37]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 A2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 A3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 1
Canada  vs. A2 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton (Canada Stadium 1)
Day 5
A2 vs. A3 United States Stadium 3
Day 10
A3 vs.  Canada Canada Stadium 3

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 B1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 B2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 B3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 2
B1 vs. B2 MetLife Stadium, New York City (US Stadium 1)
Day 6
B2 vs. B3 United States Stadium 9
Day 10
B3 vs. B1 United States Stadium 6

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 C2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 2
C1 vs. C2 United States Stadium 3
Day 6
C2 vs. C3 AT&T Stadium, Dallas (United States Stadium 7)
Day 10
C3 vs. C1 United States Stadium 5

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 D2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 2
D1 vs. D2 United States Stadium 9
Day 6
D2 vs. D3 MetLife Stadium, New York City
Day 10
D3 vs. D1 Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta (United States Stadium 10)

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 E2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 E3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 1
Mexico  vs. E2 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City (Mexico Stadium 1)
Day 6
E2 vs. E3 United States Stadium 4
Day 10
E3 vs.  Mexico Mexico Stadium 2

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 F2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 F3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 3
F1 vs. F2 Canada Stadium 2
Day 7
F2 vs. F3 United States Stadium 6
Day 11
F3 vs. F1 MetLife Stadium, New York City

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 G1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 G2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 G3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 3
G1 vs. G2 United States Stadium 5
Day 7
G2 vs. G3 Canada Stadium 3
Day 11
G3 vs. G1 United States Stadium 8

Group H

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 H1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 H2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 H3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 3
H1 vs. H2 AT&T Stadium, Dallas
Day 7
H2 vs. H3 United States Stadium 5
Day 11
H3 vs. H1 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City

Group I

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 I2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 I3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 1
United States  vs. I2 Rose Bowl, Los Angeles (US Stadium 2)
Day 8
I2 vs. I3 Mexico Stadium 2
Day 12
I3 vs.  United States AT&T Stadium, Dallas

Group J

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 J1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 J2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 J3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 4
J1 vs. J2 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
Day 8
J2 vs. J3 United States Stadium 8
Day 12
J3 vs. J1 United States Stadium 3

Group K

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 K1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 K2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 K3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 4
K1 vs. K2 United States Stadium 6
Day 8
K2 vs. K3 Canada Stadium 2
Day 12
K3 vs. K1 United States Stadium 9

Group L

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 L2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 L3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 4
L1 vs. L2 Rose Bowl, Los Angeles
Day 8
L2 vs. L3 United States Stadium 3
Day 12
L3 vs. L1 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton

Group M

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 M1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 M2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 M3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 4
M1 vs. M2 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Day 9
M2 vs. M3 Mexico Stadium 3
Day 13
M3 vs. M1 Rose Bowl, Los Angeles

Group N

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 N1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 N2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 N3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 5
N1 vs. N2 Mexico Stadium 3
Day 9
N2 vs. N3 Rose Bowl, Los Angeles
Day 13
N3 vs. N1 United States Stadium 5

Group O

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 O1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 O2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 O3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 5
O1 vs. O2 Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Day 9
O2 vs. O3 United States Stadium 9
Day 13
O3 vs. O1 United States Stadium 4

Group P

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 P1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 P2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 P3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 2026. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification:
Day 5
P1 vs. P2 United States Stadium 8
Day 9
P2 vs. P3 United States Stadium 4
Day 13
P3 vs. P1 Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Knockout stage

Round of 32   Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final
                                   
D14 - Match 49 – CAN Stadium 2                        
Group A winner
D19 – Match 65 - Edmonton
Group B runner-up  
Match 49 winner
D14 - Match 50 – USA Stadium 8
  Match 50 winner  
Group C winner
  D25 – Match 73 - Los Angeles
Group D runner-up  
Match 65 winner
D15 - Match 55 – USA Stadium 9
  Match 66 winner  
Group F Winner
D20 – Match 66 - Dallas  
Group E runner-up  
Match 55 winner
D15 - Match 56 – New York City
  Match 56 winner  
Group H Winner
  D29 – Match 77 - Dallas
Group G runner-up  
Match 73 winner
D16 - Match 57 – USA Stadium 4
  Match 74 winner  
Group I winner
D21 – Match 69 - New York City  
Group J runner-up  
Match 57 winner
D16 - Match 58 – CAN Stadium 3
  Match 58 winner  
Group K winner
  D25 – Match 74 - USA Stadium 5
Group L runner-up  
Match 69 winner
D17 - Match 61 – Atlanta
  Match 70 winner  
Group M winner
D22 – Match 70 - Atlanta  
Group N runner-up  
Match 61 winner
D17 - Match 62 – USA Stadium 6
  Match 62 winner  
Group O winner
  D34 – Match 80 - East Rutherford
Group P runner-up  
Match 77 winner
D15 - Match 53 – MEX Stadium 3
  Match 78 winner
Group E winner
D20 – Match 67 - Mexico City  
Group F runner-up  
Match 53 winner
D15 - Match 54 – USA Stadium 3
  Match 54 winner  
Group G winner
  D26 – Match 75 - USA Stadium 8
Group H runner-up  
Match 67 winner
D14 - Match 51 – MEX Stadium 2
  Match 68 winner  
Group B Winner
D19 – Match 68 - USA Stadium 9  
Group A runner-up  
Match 51 winner
D14 - Match 52 – USA Stadium 6
  Match 52 winner  
Group D Winner
  D30 – Match 78 - Atlanta
Group C runner-up  
Match 75 winner
D16 - Match 59 – USA Stadium 5
  Match 76 winner  
Group J Winner
D21 – Match 71 - Los Angeles  
Group I runner-up  
Match 59 winner
D16 - Match 60 – Dallas
  Match 60 winner   Third place
Group L Winner
  D26 – Match 76 - USA Stadium 6 D33 – Match 79 - USA Stadium 4
Group K runner-up  
Match 71 winner Match 77 loser
D17 - Match 63 – USA Stadium 8
  Match 72 winner   Match 78 loser
Group N Winner
D22 – Match 72 - USA Stadium 4  
Group M runner-up  
Match 63 winner
D17 - Match 64 – Los Angeles
  Match 64 winner  
Group P Winner
 
Group O runner-up  

* – Denotes number of overtime periods.

General facilities

Support

Football confederations

FIFA members

Public opinion

On October 24, 2017, a survey of adults in Canada, Mexico, and the United States showed a broad support for Canada–United States–Mexico bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. It found that 77% of North American residents are in favor of hosting the first-ever 48-team FIFA World Cup, and 81% of respondents across the three countries agree that hosting the tournament would be good for their specific country. Also, nearly six in 10 (57 percent) of those surveyed say they would be interested in attending FIFA World Cup matches if the games were played near where they live or work.[56]

U.S. House of Representatives

On April 20, 2018, Representatives Darin LaHood and fellow co-chairs of the Congressional Soccer Caucus Kathy Castor (FL-14), Don Bacon (NE-02), Ruben Kihuen (NV-04) introduced a resolution to recognize and support the efforts of the United Bid Committee to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the United States.[57] The U.S. House of Representatives adopted this resolution on April 25, 2018.[58]

Other government officials

Toronto city councillors Mark Grimes and Cesar Palacio support the bid, as well as Mayor John Tory.[59] Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante supports it.[60]

U.S. President Donald Trump,[61] Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,[62] and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto[63] also all support the bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup.

On March 13, 2018, Canadian Minister of Sport Kirsty Duncan announced in Ottawa the Canadian federal government officially threw its support behind the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup, with the promise of up to $5 million in immediate help should the unified bid win.[64]

Marketing

The bid is branded "United 2026", the logo of the bid is a ball with the number 26 representing the year "2026" with the colors of the flags of Canada, Mexico, and the United States and the slogans are: "United As One" (Spanish: "Unidos Como Uno", French: "Unis Comme Un"). and "Football For All" (Spanish: "Fútbol Para Todos", French: "Football Pour Tous").[65]

Opinions

On December 28, 2017, during a sports business conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, FIFA president Gianni Infantino considered Canada–Mexico–United States 2026 FIFA World Cup bid to be a positive message.[66]

Criticism

U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-immigration decrees had been touted as a potential risk, with FIFA president Gianni Infantino saying:

It is obvious when it comes to FIFA competitions, any team, including the supporters and officials of that team, who qualify for a World Cup need to have access to the country, otherwise there is no World Cup.[67]

However, assurances were later given by the government that there would be no such discrimination.[68][69]

On April 28, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a post threatening the countries that would not support the bid which a range of commentators said would hinder the bid's chances of winning.[70]

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