Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Here are the cities that will be hosting the 2026 World Cup

Here are the cities that will be hosting the 2026 World Cup Here are the cities that will be hosting the 2026 World Cup
Kristopher Love | 13 June, 2018, 18:29

Nations at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow backed North America's joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

The 2026 World Cup will expand to 48 teams from 32, and will feature a new format of 16 round-robin groups of three teams with the top two from each pool advancing to a 32-nation knockout round.

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

"Hosting a FIFA World Cup is an extraordinary honor and privilege", Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer, said in a statement.

Speaking on Trump's possible visit for the World Cup, Peskov said "for this there is even no need for North America to win".

The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco.

"What can really be the legacy, whether we host matches or are just involved with this in some other grand scheme, that can make sure that Baltimore and the state of Maryland have maximized the potential of being a part of the World Cup?"

The move is significant for both the United States and Canada, with each team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, which gets underway on Thursday.

Here are the cities that will be hosting the 2026 World Cup

The Fifa meeting had 15 points on its agenda, and voting on the World Cup location was point 13. "Together-in partnership with our Candidate Host Cities, the Member Associations, and FIFA-we will use this platform to unite the world around football and help create a new and sustainable blueprint for the future of FIFA World CupsTM". Both Valerie Plante of Montreal and John Tory of Toronto retweeted a video of the bid team reacting to the news, with Tory adding, "We won!" American soccer officials downplayed the influence of politics on the bid.

According to Yahoo, the bid called for each of the three host nations to play in the opening matches.

Both bids made their final appeals to UEFA voters in Moscow on Tuesday, with Morocco and United expected to get a vast show of support from their respective confederations.

This was the first World Cup vote since 2010, when U.S. and Switzerland investigators unveiled corruption on an unprecedented scale afterwards.

Nine of the 14 stadiums included in Morocco's bid were yet to be built, while the remaining five required "significant renovation or upgrading".

But in the modern world, commercial clout and the promise of safe, sophistated infrastructure invariably carry more weight than passion and legacy - as Morocco seem likely to find to their cost when the race to stage the 2026 World Cup reaches its denouement tomorrow.

"Today I'm 17 years old and I play for the (Canadian) men's national team".