The host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup won’t be officially announced until 2020, but it is starting to look more likely it will be co-hosted by Mexico and the United States.
On October 14th, FIFA’s governing council voted to ban countries in Europe and Asia from hosting the 2026 World Cup. The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia, and the 2022 tournament will be held in Qatar.
In May, ESPN FC reported that football officials from the US and Mexico were in talks to submit a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. That report also said that a joint bid from the two countries had the support of FIFA President Gianni Infantino. A North American bid, with the US, Mexico, and Canada as joint hosts, has also been suggested.
England and China were among the favourites to host the 2026 tournament, along with the US. But with the latest ruling, those two nations are no longer in consideration.
South American nations can still bid for the 2026 World Cup. However, the 2014 World Cup was held in Brazil, and Uruguay is considered a favourite to host the 2030 World Cup, possibly in a joint bid with Argentina.
In January, FIFA will vote on expanding the World Cup to 40 or 48 countries. A larger tournament would limit the number of countries that could host the tournament. As a result, joint bids may become more common. Japan and South Korea hosted the World Cup in 2002.
The last tournament in 2014 added nearly US$30 billion to Brazil’s GDP between 2010 and 2014 and generated 3.63m jobs per year as well as raised an additional US$8 billion in tax revenues. FIFA’s showcase attracted an additional 3.7 million tourists to the country, each of whom spent an average of US$2,488.