2026 FIFA World Cup to Be Held in North America

The U.S., Canada, and Mexico will all host games...with Philadelphia potentially being a game site!

June 14, 2018

The FIFA World Cup begins today, and as was decided on Wednesday in a FIFA Association Member vote in Moscow, the 2026 event will take place in our own backyard!

The joint North American bid betwen the U.S., Canada, and Mexico was accepted during the 68th annual FIFA Congress, on the eve of this year's edition of the tournament.  It is shaping up to be an epic version of the event, with 48 teams playing 80 matches across 34 days.  60 of those matches will happen in the United States, with ten apiece happening in Canada and Mexico, respectively.

And, even more exciting, is that Philly might be one of the host cities for a match!

This is big news for soccer fans, for tourism in our city, for global relations...it's a triple Win, which is exactly what we hope the 2026 World Cup will be for North America.

And in the meantime, the first match of the 2018 tournament, between hosts Russia and Group A rivals Saudi Arabia, kicks off at 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) this evening!