North America lands 2026 World Cup; Gillette Stadium could host games

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The United States is not going to the World Cup this year, but the World Cup will be coming to the U.S. in 2026. The United States' joint North America bid with Canada and Mexico beat out its only challenger, Morocco, on Wednesday morning by a vote of 134-65.

It will be the first time the World Cup has been in North America since the U.S. hosted in 1994, and it will be the first time it has been hosted by three countries. Mexico previously hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986, while Canada has never hosted. It will also be the first World Cup with 48 teams, after FIFA approved expanding from the current 32.

Of the 80 matches, 60 will take place in the United States, with 10 each in Canada and Mexico. Everything from the quarterfinals on will be in the U.S., with the final taking place at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Foxboro and Gillette Stadium are among the 23 sites being considered to host games. That list will eventually be reduced to 16, but it's a fairly safe bet Gillette will make the cut given that Robert Kraft is an honorary chairman on the committee in charge of the bid. Foxboro Stadium hosted six games in the 1994 World Cup, and Gillette Stadium has hosted games for both the 2003 Women's World Cup and 2016 Copa America.