2026 FIFA World Cup
|Teams||32 (from 6 confederations)|
The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the 23rd FIFA World Cup, an international association football tournament that is scheduled to take place in 2026. The tournament will involve 32 national teams, including that of the host nation.
Host selection 
FIFA announced on October 29, 2007 that it will no longer continue with its continental rotation policy, implemented after the 2006 World Cup host selection. The newest host selection policy is that any country may bid for a World Cup, provided that their continental confederation has not hosted either of the past two World Cups.
For the 2026 World Cup, this means that bids from Asia and Europe are not allowed.  Also, FIFA formally allowed joint bids once more; they were previously banned in 2002. The reinstated joint bid rule indicates such a bid may have only one organizing committee. The Korea/Japan World Cup had two different organizing committees.
Potential bids 
These countries have confirmed official interest in becoming applicant nations.
North America 
- In July 2012 Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani confirmed plans for a Canadian bid, saying, "We have verbally told FIFA that when the bid process begins for the next available World Cup, which would be the 2026 World Cup, that the CSA will be one of the countries putting in a formal proposal." Canada is hosting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
- In September 2012 Mexican Football Federation President Justino Compeán confirmed plans for a Mexican bid. Mexico has hosted two previous world cups in 1970 and 1986.
The qualification process for the 2026 World Cup has not yet been announced. All FIFA member associations, of which there are currently 209, are eligible to enter qualification. The hosts will qualify automatically for the tournament.
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