The World Cup is rated and viewed as the second biggest sporting event in the world, besides the Summer Olympics. Across the world, soccer is the sport to play. However, in the United States that is not the case. It has taken the backseat to football and baseball for a while but it appears to be growing at a rapid pace, and hosting the World Cup would assuredly attract even more fans to the game that the rest of the world has appreciated for so long.
The FIFA Council is currently in the process of choosing what countries seem fit to host the 2026 championship. The next two Cups have already been awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively. Countries are now bidding for the 2026 World Cup. To further complicate matters, for the first time ever in 2026 the World Cup will expand from 32 to 48 teams. This will require many more stadiums and venues in order to properly host the tournament. For the first time ever The United States, Canada, and Mexico are looking to co-host the World Cup.
Since Russia and Qatar are hosting the next two tournaments, FIFA has ruled out Asia and Europe for the 2026 World Cup. Therefore, the only realistic options competing to host the Cup are the North American group and individual countries from Africa and South America. According to all the reports the United States, Canada, and Mexico are clear front runners in the race. Since the World Cup will be 16 teams bigger they will need more stadiums and the three countries will be able to accommodate that better than other bids.
There are many factors leading to the decision of the location of the World Cup and one cannot tell exactly tell what the world is going to look like in 2020 when they will decide. Nevertheless the USA, Canada, and Mexico are massive favorites to host the tournament. American soccer is already on the rise, so why not bring the largest, most historic soccer tournament in history to the U.S.?