2016 men's World Cup coming to North America

The combined bid by the U.S., Canada and Mexico was approved Wednesday

Sloane Martin
June 13, 2018 - 7:18 am
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The men's soccer World Cup is coming to North America.

By a vote of 134-65, FIFA member federations endorsed the bid for the U.S., Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 event.

It will feature 48 teams from around the globe playing 80 games. Sixty are planned in the U.S. and 10 apiece will take place in Mexico and Canada.

"Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honor," U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro said in his acceptance speech.

The North American bid beat out Morocco. All three host countries will be represented in the lineup. The U.S. did not qualify for this year's World Cup.

By 2026 it will have been 32 years since the international soccer tournament was last played on the continent. The U.S. hosted in 1994 and Mexico hosted in 1970 and 1986.