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North America bid wins FIFA World Cup 2026 hosting rights News North America bid wins FIFA World Cup 2026 hosting rights 13 Jun 2018 10:52
Sherri Watson | 13 June, 2018, 14:28

Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are the three Canadian cities designated to possibly host games in the 2026 tournament, which is expanding to include 48 countries, up from the current 32-team format.

In the unlikely event that the Congress decides not to choose either of the two candidates, FIFA will then launch a fresh procedure by inviting all interested Member Associations (outside the four already involved) in the second phase.Styled the "United Bid", the candidacy of USA-Canada-Mexico says it potentially has 23 host cities, with 17 of these located in the USA.

Following the decision of world football body, FIFA, to overhaul its monthly ranking system to make standing more fair and logical, the Super Eagles and many other nations that have won matches against stronger nations are in position to profit in the new order.

The 2026 tournament will return to the North American region 32 years after that US -hosted edition.

Reviled by many soccer fans, Blatter remains a popular figure in Russian Federation after backing the country's efforts to stage the World Cup during a controversial bidding process in 2010, which also ended with Qatar's securing the rights to hold the tournament in 2022.

Morocco's candidacy is believed to be strong with support expected from a majority of African countries and the European confederation.U.S. hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1994, while Mexico hosted in 1970 and 1986.

If the united North American bid is successful, it would be the first time Canada will partake in hosting the men's World Cup tournament. The bid also expects record ticket and hospitality revenue.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off on Thursday with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow between hosts Russia and the national team from Saudi Arabia.