The actual FIFA World Cup trophy is being used in an official logo for the tournament for the first time ©FIFA

The official logo for the 2026 FIFA World Cup has been unveiled as the countdown continues to the event that is set to be jointly staged by Canada, Mexico and the United States.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Brazil’s two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo were on hand to reveal the emblem at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

It is the first time the actual FIFA World Cup trophy has been used in the official logo as it features in the foreground with the year of the tournament in bold text in the background.

FIFA claim the image of the trophy and year allow for "customisation to reflect the uniqueness of each host, while building an identifiable brand structure for years to come".

As well as the unveiling of the official logo, FIFA created the "#WeAre26" campaign which aims to encourage "people, places and communities to play an integral role" in the launching of the event in three years’ time.

The campaign has captured portraits of faces and places that look to tell their FIFA World Cup stories and invites everyone to be part of the 2026 tournament.

Organisers are hoping to deliver the
Organisers are hoping to deliver the "biggest and most inclusive and diverse" FIFA World Cup ever in 2026 ©FIFA

"We are 26 is a rallying cry," said Infantino.

"It’s a moment when three countries and an entire continent collectively say: 'We are united as one to welcome the world and deliver the biggest, best and most inclusive FIFA World Cup ever'.

"The tournament will enable each host country and participating team to write their own page in the history books of FIFA World Cups, and this unique brand is a major step on that road to 2026.

"In just a few hours, the 16 amazing host cities will make all of this even more colourful and exciting as they launch the individual brands developed by FIFA.

"These unique city identities embody the fun and fantastic people and places that will offer fans an experience like no other in 2026.

"While we celebrate here in LA together tonight, an entire continent celebrates that the whole world will unite in North America for the greatest show on Earth in just three years’ time.”

A total of 48 teams are set to take part at the 2026 FIFA World Cup - 16 more than have featured in previous editions.

They will be split into 12 groups of four with 104 matches - up from 64 - due to be held across Canada, Mexico and the US.

"The FIFA World Cup 2026 will be a festival of football that will take the sport to new heights in the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) region and beyond," said Victor Montagliani, vice-president of FIFA and head of CONCACAF.

"With 104 matches to be played across 16 cities in Canada, Mexico and the USA, it provides a tremendous opportunity to engage people and bring new fans to the beautiful game.

"This innovative brand, and the inclusive 'WeAre26' campaign, are major milestones that bring that opportunity a step closer, and they send a clear signal that this incredible competition is now truly on the horizon.

"I look forward with great anticipation to continuing to work with all of the host cities, the team at FIFA and the many important stakeholders involved in delivering what will be the biggest and most inclusive and diverse World Cup ever."