Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Federation Internationale de Football Association eyes big crowds, bigger profits at 2026 World Cup

Melinda Barton | 14 June, 2018, 07:03

Hosting rights for previous World Cups had been awarded by what was then a 24-person FIFA Executive Committee.

The soccer showpiece will return to the USA for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, where the 2018 tournaments starts on Thursday. Their lone opponent was Morocco.

The result, won by United 2026 by a 134-65 margin over a competing bid from Morocco, means the tournament will return to the continent for the first time since 1994.

Similarly, CEO of the Russian Federation 2018 Local Organizing Committee Alexey Sorokin said at the congress that all World Cup host stadiums were ready for the tournament, while 32 team base camps were prepared to accommodate the national teams.

"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. None of the US, Canada or Mexico work all that often with their AFC counterparts, but the United Bid team sensed an opportunity in the region.

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.

With files from Rob Williams.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation will hold a press conference at 9:30 Wednesday morning to discuss the 2026 World Cup.

With the Football Association understood to be strongly considering another bid, Gill believes the national governing body should be encouraged FIFA is putting so much effort into the objective assessments now and its member associations are paying attention to them. "We agreed on an African position and stayed with it", said Mwendwa, in an interview with the Nation Sport from Moscow.

Portland was not chosen as one of the finalists to host World Cup matches.

It was thought that Vancouver dropping out of the eligible list of cities would hurt Island chances to become a training base for 2026 World Cup teams. In 2016, the stadium hosted three games of the Copa América Centenario. In short, it means games will potentially be played locally (as was the case when the US hosted in 1994).

In the closing days before the vote, Trump ― who won't be president during the 2026 World Cup, even if he wins re-election in 2020 ― promised that visiting players and fans would not face visa problems around the tournament.

So Morocco concentrated its pitch on the country's undisputed passion for football, the notion that Africa deserves another World Cup after South Africa 2010, its far more compact offering and Euro-friendly time zone.