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United Bid Committee Selected to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

United Bid Selected to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

NEW YORK (June 13, 2018) – The United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States was selected to
host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ earlier today by the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow. For the first time in
history, FIFA’s Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the FIFA World
Cup™. They did so by a vote of 134 to 65.

Today’s vote, which occurred a day before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, also marks
the first time three nations have been selected to co‐host a FIFA World Cup™ and the first time the FIFA
World Cup™ will be played in North America in 32 years. The United Bid offers FIFA and its 211 Member
Associations unity, certainty, and opportunity as they prepare to host the largest FIFA World Cup™ in
history, which will be expanded to a 48‐team format.

“Harris County is very happy to hear that the United Bid Committee has been selected to host the 2026 World Cup and that NRG Park will help play host to some of the world’s greatest athletes,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Congratulations to the soccer federations of the United States, Canada and Mexico for their hard work and successful bid strategy. We are grateful that our facilities and excellent infrastructure allowed us to be a part of that bid. NRG Park has successfully hosted two Super Bowls and two NCAA Men’s Final Fours, and it will be a great venue for the World Cup matches. Bring on the games.”

“Congratulations to the United Bid Committee for successfully bringing the World Cup to Canada, Mexico, and the United States in 2026. Houston is thrilled to be part of the United Bid, and we are confident we will land one of the coveted host city slots,” said City of Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner. “Soccer is the world’s game and we are excited to show the world what Houston is all about. Houston is progressive. It’s a great sports town, but it also uniquely reflects the world itself. Our city is the most ethnically diverse in the United States, thanks in part to residents from countries that worship soccer.”
“Hosting a FIFA World Cup™ is an extraordinary honor and privilege,” said Steven Reed, President of
Canada Soccer and Co‐Chair of the United Bid. “Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to
welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World Cup™ in history.
Our vision is of a world of opportunity for our Candidate Host Cities and for the global football

“We are grateful for the chance to bring to life FIFA’s new vision for the future of football,” said Decio de
Maria, President of Mexico Football Federation and Co‐Chair of the United Bid. “Together—in partnership with our Candidate Host Cities, the Member Associations, and FIFA—we will use this
platform to unite the world around football and help create a new and sustainable blueprint for the future of FIFA World Cups™.”

“Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport,” said Carlos Cordeiro, President of U.S. Soccer and Co‐Chair of the United Bid. ‘We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the FIFA family have put in our bid; strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the CONCACAF region; and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come.”
With the FIFA Congress decision to award the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ to the football federations of
Canada, Mexico, and the United States, the three nations will jointly manage preparations for the 2026
FIFA World Cup™ until FIFA establishes their operations to manage the competition. Among other
decisions, FIFA will make the final selection of host cities for the 2026 competition from the 23 candidates proposed in the United Bid.

Each of the United Bid’s 23 proposed stadiums are fully built, occupied, and operational, ensuring long-term use following the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. In addition, the United Bid has 150 existing world‐class
training facilities, millions of hotel rooms, and advanced infrastructure.

The United Bid is expected to generate more than $14 billion in revenue and $11 billion in profits for FIFA, which will be shared with the 211 FIFA Member Associations, helping further develop and expand the game of football across the globe.

2026 FIFA World Cup Facts and Figures:
Number of Teams: 48
Number of Matches: 80
Number of Players: +1,100
Candidate Host Cites: 23
Proposed Training Sites: 150
Projected Revenue: $14 billion
Projected Profit: $11 billion
Projected Economic Impact: $5 billion
Projected Ticket Sales: 5.8 million

About the United Bid Committee
The United Bid Committee was created by the football federations of Canada, Mexico and the United
States to manage the bidding process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

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