Maybe you were elated by the unbelievable free kick German midfielder Toni Kroos blasted into the net with seconds left in the game — meaning the reigning World Cup champs might make it past the first round of the 2018 World Cup after all. Maybe you were infuriated.
Or maybe you weren’t paying attention at all, because this year the United States failed to even qualify for the most-watched sporting event in the world. That will change in the 2026 World Cup, which was just awarded to the entire continent of North America: US, Canada, and Mexico. If you’re already pumped about the prospect of visiting as many matches as possible, here’s everything you need to know before you start planning a continental road trip…even if it’s eight years away. A little advanced planning never hurt anyone.