In a historic vote, FIFA the world body in charge of the World Cup tournament decided that the 2026 edition would be hosted by three North American countries in a joint bid over Morocco.
The vote went 134 for the U.S., Mexico, Canada delegation to 65 votes for Morocco. This will be the first tournament under the new expansion, meaning 48 teams will play in the final tournament instead of the current 32 team format. Since this is the first time three countries will be hosting the tournament, the number of games played will be divided among a large number of cities.
With a much larger infrastructure and numerous stadiums large enough to accommodate World Cup games the United States will likely host the most games. The winning bid looked to have 60 of the 80 games played in the U.S., while Mexico and Canada would each get 10 games a piece.
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As part of the bid 23 cities in North America were submitted, this will have to be paired down. The main proposal placed Los Angeles in a prominent position.
“Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport,” said Carlos Cordeiro, President of U.S. Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid. “We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the FIFA family have put in our bid; strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the CONCACAF region; and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new sustainable path generations to come.”
The proposal proposed a unique opening with every country hosting an opening match on the first day and that the opening ceremonies would be hosted by Los Angeles at the Rose Bowl or at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.
The Rose Bowl would be the only venue used in any format of the tournament, the Los Angeles Coliseum and the new Los Angeles Rams Stadium in Inglewood were part of the preliminary process but dropped out before the final bid.
The Rose Bowl has the distinction of being one of the few venues to host multiple FIFA World Cup Final games, in 1994 the final between Brazil and Italy was played there and in 1999 the Women’s World Cup Final game was played between the U.S. and China.
Teams playing in Los Angeles will have plenty of options for their facilities to practice and stay close to the Rose Bowl. With the explosion of hotels in the city and the brand new Banc of California Stadium teams can call downtown LA as their headquarters and head up to the Rose Bowl without problems.
As part of the winning bid to host the 2028 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles planned massive public works to improve public transportation and infrastructure in the city. Los Angeles is a global city with a growing soccer culture, we will be more than ready to host the fans of the global game.