137 days. That’s how much time we have to submit a historic and united bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ on behalf of Canada, Mexico and the United States. Our hope is that our submission to FIFA will be compelling, thorough and forward-looking.
It will have to be. The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the largest in history. The first tournament in a 48-team expanded format means 80 games will be played in a month’s time in the summer of 2026.
Canada, Mexico and the United States are up to the task. We’ve already identified 32 potential host cities (see the full list here) across the North America, each with an existing stadium and infrastructure in place to make hosting a success. That fact is key to our hosting vision and strategy: because we won’t have to build any stadiums to host the FIFA World Cup, we can focus our energies on building the game of soccer across the region and around the world.
Last week, the United Bid Committee announced the results of a survey of adults in Canada, Mexico, and the United States showing broad support for hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ in North America. 77 percent of North American residents are in favor of hosting the tournament and 81 percent of respondents across the three countries agree that hosting the tournament would be good for their specific country. What’s even more exciting is that more than eight years until the event would even take place, nearly six in 10 (57%) 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. That’s approximately 220 million potential spectators and shows utterly remarkable and humbling support for bringing games to North America.
As we move into the next phase of our bidding process, I’m honored to be working with hundreds of people across Canada, Mexico and the United States to develop and support our efforts, especially at the city level and across all levels of the soccer community. The United Bid Committee has assembled a team with extensive experience bidding for or hosting previous World Cups and other major events, including leading advisers and practitioners in logistics, event management, sustainability and human rights. We have also enlisted groups to support the bid’s submission with promotion, government relations, public affairs, design and branding.
In 137 days, our bid will be submitted and we’ll only have to wait until next June to find out if we’ll be given the honor of hosting the largest and most ambitious FIFA World Cup in history. If we’re successful, I know that our three countries’ efforts and investments will be focused on welcoming, inspiring and empowering the next generation of players and fans from around the world.
I hope you’ll join us.
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