Monday, 10 December, 2018

U.S., Canada and Mexico to Host World Cup in 2026

US, Mexico, Canada to host FIFA 2026 World Cup US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup
Cassandra Castillo | 13 June, 2018, 17:15

The North American bid of the United States, Mexico and Canada easily won Wednesday's vote from FIFA's member associations to host the 2026 World Cup.

The Luzhniki is Russia's national stadium with a capacity of 81,000.

Toronto, along with Montreal and Edmonton, could host three or four games in the tournament's knockout round. The US, however, hosted the country on its own merit in 1994, while Mexico have twice before organised the tournament, in 1970 and in 1986. The U.S. team failed to qualify this year.

Of the 80 games, 10 matches will be held in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the US with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets.

The expanded 2026 men's event, featuring 48 teams for the first time, will be played in 16 different cities - 10 in the US, plus three sites in both Canada and Mexico.

Morocco, which has now lost five bid campaigns, was classy in defeat - congratulating the North American winners.

Despite the excitement, there are some concerns about the cost of security. Chicago and Minneapolis also withdrew, citing similar worries.

The government later confirmed it was not going to host, saying B.C. couldn't agree to terms that would put British Columbians at risk of shouldering potentially huge and unpredictable costs.

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Chief among those is US President Donald Trump, whose "America First" approach might score well with his electoral base but may have made the United bid's task harder than it could ever have imagined.

He was suspended in December 2015 for eight years, later reduced to six, after an investigation carried out by FIFA's ethics committee.

Members of Fifa's World Cup bid evaluation task force said she had an undeclared family link with Morocco 2026 bid ambassador El Hadji Diouf.

The biggest and most popular sporting event on the planet is coming to Canada.

The North America bid was led by two key points. "If given the opportunity, I know they will welcome you".

A film promised natural grass on every pitch at "iconic" and "state-of-the art" stadiums already built, a sly dig at Morocco, whose stadium infrastructure is far from complete.

While Morocco had some key factors in its favour - its much more friendly time-zone for the key TV markets of Europe, its footballing culture and potential tournament legacy - on infrastructural and financial fronts, the United bid blew it out of the water.

And when it comes to matters on the field, it's OK to dream of Hershey native Christian Pulisic - or maybe even Media-born Union defender Auston Trusty - playing for the United States in a World Cup at Lincoln Financial Field.

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