The United States isn’t in the World Cup in 2018. However, the event will be coming to America in 2026.
FIFA has awarded the United States, Canada and Mexico the 2026 World Cup, it was announced Wednesday morning. North America beat out Morocco to host the event by a vote of 134-65.
It will be the first time the World Cup will be in the United States since 1994. It will also be the first year the event expands from 32 to 48 teams.
The United States will host 60 of the 80 matches of the tournament, including every one from the quarterfinals onward. Canada and Mexico will host 10 matches each.
The final game is expected to be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
1994 USA World Cup still holds the record for attendance with 3.59 million people packing stadia. That despite the fact the tournament has since expanded from 24 to 32 teams. 2026 will be the first to feature 48 teams. Attendance will be Big Gulp Super Sized.
— roger bennett (@rogbennett) June 13, 2018
For a look at potential venues for the tournament, check out ESPN’s article here.
If you’re a soccer fan in the United States, you have to be giddy right about now.
The sting of not having a team in the field this year is still there, but it is greatly eased by this news this morning.