World Cup 2026 Awarded to North America

FIFA announced today that the 2026 World Cup Finals (and please note that is the appropriate name for what begins tomorrow in Russia) will be played in the USA, Mexico and Canada.  All three countries will receive automatic qualification for the Finals.  The field will be expanded to 48 teams with additional slots likely awarded to COMEBOL, UEFA and CONCACAF.  The USA will host 60 of the 80 games and Mexico and Canada 10 apiece.  All games after the Round of 16 will be played in the USA with the Championship Game in New Jersey.  Here’s hoping that Houston and Arlington will get games.  Red’s goal – assuming he makes it that long – will be to attend at least one game in the USA, Mexico and Canada.

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