Fifa to Announce 2026 World Cup Hosts in 2017

The host nation for the 2026 World Cup will be chosen in May 2017, Fifa has announced.

The United States of America (USA) are one of the nations vying to host the 23rd Edition of the showpiece. Canada and Mexico are likely bidders for the tournament expected to go to North America, as Russia prepares to host the 2018 finals, while Africa and Asia were hosts in 2010 and 2002.

Fifa says its executive committee (ExCo) has agreed a timetable for the hosting decision. Its 209 member associations will vote for any of three candidates picked by the ExCos during their annual congress in 2017 in Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia.

Earlier announcements saw France claim hosting rights for the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2018 ahead of Korea Republic.

England, France, Korea Republic, New Zealand and South Africa were the five countries which initially declared interest to host the women’s football showpiece before it was trimmed to two in October.

The 7th edition of the Women’s World Cup is scheduled for Canada from 6 June to 5 July 2015. This year’s tournament will witness an increase in level of participation with 24 teams vying for glory, eight more than previous tournament and 12 more than the inaugural tournament in China in 1991.

Germany (twice), Norway and the USA (twice) are previous winners, while defending champion Japan are the first nation outside Europe and North America to win the championship.

Fifa confirmed Papua New Guinea as hosts of the next year’s U-17 Women’s World Cup on Friday.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was confirmed as hosts of the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Fifa Club World Cup.

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