Orlando City SC invites fans to celebrate the world's game on the world's biggest stage with 2018 FIFA World Cup™ watch parties beginning on June 14 and continuing through the final match on July 15.
The vote by national football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the 2010 vote when FIFA's elected board members picked Russia to host in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, defeating the U.S.
And Luzhniki Stadium will also host the first match on Thursday morning - as Russian Federation opens the month-long tournament by squaring off against Saudi Arabia. "From the big picture standpoint, this is going to be a relatively easy, low-priced event to bring to North America and bring to Boston".
Venues for the 2026 World Cup, which is slated to be the first WC to feature 48 teams, will be chosen from 23 stadiums that now exist or are already under construction.
Carlos Codeiro, US Soccer President said; "Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour". Instead, many viewers spent the opening minutes of ITV's World Cup coverage simply admiring their fancy Red Square studio.
The 2026 World Cup final will go down in Dallas, Los Angeles, or New York/New Jersey.
"They have good squads but good squads don't always make good teams", he added.
The U.S. may not be into football, but the rest of the world is.
Russian Federation was among those to switch from backing Morocco to the North American effort at the last minute. The winning bid means 60 of the tournament's games will be held in the USA, with Canada and Mexico getting 10 each.
Houston has hosted several global games over the last few years including Manchester United versus Manchester City last summer at NRG Stadium. North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup.