USA emerging as leading candidate to host 2026 World Cup

FIFA’s governing council on Friday took the decision which significantly increases the chances that the event will takes place in the United States. The World Cup last took place in North America in 1994, when the US hosted the tournament for the first, and so far only, time.

FIFA ruled that it will continue its rotational policy meaning European and Asian countries will be barred from bidding to host the 2026 World Cup as Europe and Asia will host the next two World Cups, with Russia staging the tournament in 2018 before Qatar holds the competition in 2022. The 2014 World Cup was held in Brazil, while the 2010 competition took place in South Africa.

Bidding for the 2026 tournament has yet to start, and U.S. soccer officials have not yet confirmed that a bid is forthcoming, but United States Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati seemed cheered by the news Friday.

FIFA said Europe would be put on standby only if “none of the received bids fulfill the strict technical and financial requirements.”

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