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North American Trio Wins FIFA World Cup 2026 Bid

United States, Canada and Mexico will host the games, beating out Morocco.

Danielle Germain

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Earlier today, A North American joint bid, consisting of the United States, Canada and Mexico, won the right to host the 2026 soccer World Cup. This will be the first time, since 1994, with the majority of matches, including the final in the United States.

Over the past year, U.S. soccer officials worked to form an alliance with Mexican and Canadian colleagues. The trio will begin planning for 48-teams, 80-match tournaments at 16 venues around the three countries. The bid defeated Morocco in an unexpected vote 134-65. Voters were pulled over by promises of record breaking crowds, and a large amount of revenue, bringing in $11 billion in profit for FIFA.

The victory also comes at a surprise given the political relationship between the United States and its allies — growing more tense than its been in years.

Many were worries about the outcome of the vote with President Trump’s comments and policies; this spring the president threatened FIFA member countries, that were planning to support Morocco. However, the triumph put the concerns to rest.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto released a video statement, saying that this proof that the three host countries were “deeply united.” President Trump also congratulated the countries on Twitter. Although Trump will not be in office in 2026, it was important to the organization to have the Administration’s support.

Twenty-three cities, including Washington, Los Angeles and Toronto are in the running to become one of the 16 venues. A decision is not expected for another two years.

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Danielle Germain (she/her/hers) is originally from Long Island, New York. She is a rising junior at The American University, majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and minoring in Political Science. She partakes in various activities on campus. Danielle is a Teacher's Assistant, the Vice President of Programming for Caribbean Circle, The Social Media Director and Web Manager for The Blackprint, Programming Coordinator for Founder's Week Committee, Senior Communications Strategist for AUSG Center for Advocacy and Student Equity or CASE, Secretary of the Junior Class Council and a Club Consultant for American University Club Council. After learning more about herself freshman year, Danielle became deeply interested in pushing diversity and inclusion forward. Since then, Danielle has started The Purpose, a bible study for students of color at AU. By creating a safe space on campus, she hopes that the voices of those who feel underrepresented are heard and also valued. In her free time, Danielle enjoys going to brunch and watching Gossip Girl. This past summer, Danielle served as the Corporate Communications Intern for Macy's Inc. Danielle has a passion for politics and a love for writing, and one day hopes to become a political commentator for CNN. She can be reached at dg0060a@student.american.edu.

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