North America emerges as leading favorite to host 2026 World Cup
- Fifa rules out Uefa and Asian member bids for 2026 World Cup
- Europe can host in 2026 only if no other bids fulfill requirements
- USA is expected to bid, either by itself or with Canada or Mexico
North America became a stronger favorite to host an expanded World Cup in 2026 after Fifa essentially barred European countries from bidding on Friday.
The Fifa Council agreed that Uefa and Asian confederation members should not bid again so soon after Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup and Qatar has the 2022 tournament.