The host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup is yet to be announced, with the announcement thought to be happening in mid-June. Currently, it is thought that the joint bid from the USA, Mexico, and Canada is the favorite for the 2026 Soccer World Cup. However, a recent report has come out of ESPN, and this report is suggesting otherwise.
Trump a Concern for FIFA World Cup
The report comes from Sam Borden, who is the senior writer that is tasked with covering global sports for the sports network. According to his report, several of his sources had indicated that opposition to President Donal Trump is making some in FIFA less excited about the joint bid. The only other official proposal to host the 2026 World Cup comes from Morocco.
The bid from Mexico, Canada, and the United States is presumably still the favorite. These three countries have a combined population of nearly 500 million, while Morocco has just 33 million. The three countries also have significantly better infrastructure and resources to host the event. However, President Trump is a very controversial figure overseas.
FIFA World Cup Popularity Growing in USA
While Trump will not be president in 2026, the sources Borden spoke to suggested that some of the FIFA officials who will vote on who hosts the 2026 World Cup have been angered by some of the Trump administration’s actions. These have included the travel bans, comments that perpetuate stereotypes, and the profanity Trump has used when describing less-developed countries.
While Football is the most popular sport to bet on in the USA, Soccer is the most popular sport in the rest of the world. However, USA sportsbooks have said that they are very active during the Fifa World Cup. Many American gamblers really enjoy betting on the sport, and its popularity has increased in recent years. During the 2014 World Cup, Nevada sportsbooks took in nearly $6 million in wagers. Las Vegas sports books will be hoping the USA gets to host, especially since the new Las Vegas Raiders Stadium would be a perfect venue for a match.