Friday, 14 December, 2018

USA, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

FIFA President Gianni Infantino right welcomes representatives of the united bid — from the U.S. Canada and Mexico — as soccer's governing body selects its host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow Russia FIFA Announce Major Overhaul of World Ranking System to Make Standings 'Fair & Logical'
Cassandra Castillo | 13 June, 2018, 16:30

Federation Internationale de Football Association will meet with the bid committee over the next two years to determine, by mid or late 2020, the North American cities that will stage the tournament's 80 matches.

The 2026 tournament will be the first expanded tournament featuring 48 teams, up from the current 32-team tournament, which begins in Russian Federation on Thursday.

Qualifying teams from around the world (and their fans) will be landing in major cities across Canada to compete in the 2026 tournament.

The 2026 World Cup will take place in the United States, Canada and Mexico, FIFA has announced.

After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States chose to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017. But Fifa votes are notoriously unpredictable. Whereas previously the 24 members of the Fifa Executive Committee used to determine World Cup races, the host will now be decided by a vote of individual Fifa member nations.

Just to add to the complexity, there is a third option for voters: neither Morocco or United and we start a new bidding process. Most observers believe that scenario is incredibly unlikely, though. "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?"

Morocco's bid promised $5 billion in profit, but admitted needing to spend $16 billion on building stadiums and infrastructure. It will be a World Cup first for Canada.

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The Secretary General of FIFA Council Fatma Samoura talked about the assessments of the FIFA task force, which evaluated the two bids. Morocco's bid garnered a score of 2.7, along with a stark warning from the inspection team that "the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality can not be overstated".

Morocco had pinned its bid on a "European" World Cup in Africa, playing on the north African nation's proximity to Europe. After a drawing of lots, the United Bid will go first. Fox, Fox Sports and Telemundo Deportes have USA broadcast rights to this year's tournament - for which the US national team failed to qualify - and also for 2026. That remains the only World Cup the Canadian men have ever qualified for. "But when I was five years old, a country called Canada welcomed us in", he told the Congress.

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"Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honor".

Several small-but-important details about the ballot itself were handled on Sunday, including FIFA's ratification of both bids as well as whether four American protectorates - American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico - will cast ballots or have to abstain as the official bidders do.

With only three teams in each group and each team guaranteed only two games, there is a greater opportunity for teams to collude with each other in the final group-stage matches to secure passage to the knockout round. "And this a really fantastic day for football".

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