U.S. might host the 2026 World Cup, but would likely share bid with other countries

It’s still early, but the United States feels like the favorite to host the 2026 World Cup. Every other major continent has hosted a cup since the U.S. had it in 1994, and it’s time for the competition to make its way back to North America. But if the U.S. does end up getting the chance, it likely won’t be alone when it comes to hosting.

According to Reuters, the World Cup could be split up to four countries with FIFA president Gianni Infantino encouraging co-hosting.

“We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup because we need FIFA to show we are reasonable and we have to think about sustainability long-term,” Infantino said.

“[We could] maybe bring together two, three, four countries who can jointly present a project with three, four, five stadiums each. We will certainly encourage it. Ideally the countries will be close to each other.”

Those comments point to a potential bid between the United States, Canada and Mexico, with USA and Mexico touching base already on a bid.

Now, the United States has more than enough quality stadiums to host the World Cup by itself, but it seems as if FIFA really wants to explore more joint-bids moving forward.

The only time multiple countries have hosted the World Cup was in 2002 when it went to Japan and South Korea. But the idea of wanting multiple countries makes more sense in 2026 with the cup expanding for the first time to 48 teams. 

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