Published: Thu, June 14, 2018

U.S., Canada & Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

U.S., Canada & Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

The majority of the executive committee then, 15 of whose 22 members have since been found guilty or accused of corruption or ethics breaches (two more were already suspended), was derided and suspected for going against the "technical" assessment that Qatar was the least suitable country bidding.

Canada has not qualified since 1986, which is the last time the U.S. did not qualify, before 2018. "It's not only about our sport and sports, it's building a nation, it's a nation-builder". However, Shanks expects soccer's popularity to continue to grow in the US within the next eight years. Canada and Mexico would each host 10 games apiece. And given that the 2026 tournament will be the first to host 48 teams-16 more than traditionally, infrastructure was a crucial factor.

The joint North American bid includes 23 cities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, including Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal.

The host team always qualifies for the tournament, but there are questions about whether or not all three countries will be given automatic berths. As a host country, Canada will be allowed to play in the 2026 games.

Most of Africa pledged their support to their confederation colleagues Morocco, but the United Bid took their thorough campaign to the continent, eventually earning the votes of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and seven other African nations.

Morocco lost out in the challenge at the FIFA Congress, Sportinglife.ng can report.

Northeast Florida could also see an influx of overseas visitors for the tournament, particularly if Orlando - one of the nine host venues in 1994 - makes the cut.


Exterior night view of Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots NFL football team in Foxboro Massachusetts lit up at night.

"It's always a bit of a stronger bid with more countries, but at the same time if we are talking about England, with their infrastructure, they can host on their own or with the rest of the United Kingdom", he said. As part of the joint bid, Trump pledged that those traveling to the United States for the tournament would not be subject to stringent visa restrictions.

Hard numbers aside, it is a vote with Gibraltar having the same say as China.

That, along with the promise of major revenues from North American sponsors and television networks, was appealing to Federation Internationale de Football Association, an organization that has been beset by global corruption scandals, concerns over exorbitant costs related to previous tournaments, and allegations of widespread labor and human rights abuses around the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

"This announcement is huge for soccer in the US and maybe even bigger for soccer in Nashville", said Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation President and CEO Butch Spyridon.

"No one has said to us they're not voting for us because of who we have in the White House".

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