Sepp Blatter talks U.S. chances of hosting 2026 World Cup

Monday September 8th, 2014

On Monday, FIFA president Sepp Blatter talked about where the 2026 World Cup might be held and gave his thoughts on the possibility of the United States hosting it. 

Blatter said that he thinks the tournament should go either to the Americas or Africa in 2026, and he believes North America has a better chance at landing it than South America. 

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"Perhaps there's a big commercial opportunity arising now in the United States because of the tremendous television audiences that are booming and that the World Cup has also encouraged in its domestic game as well. We did well with football when it first went to the United States but the opportunities are bigger now," said Blatter

The World Cup has not been held in North America or the United States since the U.S. hosted it in 1994. In January, Canada announced its intention to bid for the 2026 World Cup. The country is hosting next year's Women's World Cup but has never hosted the men's event. 

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The 2018 World Cup is set to be set in Russia, while the 2022 tournament will be held in Qatar. FIFA recently completed an investigation into the bidding processes for both tournaments.  

- Molly Geary

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