Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

U.S., Canada and Mexico to Host World Cup in 2026

U.S., Canada and Mexico to Host World Cup in 2026

The North American bid of the United States, Mexico and Canada easily won Wednesday's vote from FIFA's member associations to host the 2026 World Cup.

Vancouver, which hosted the 2015 Women's World Cup final, will not be participating in the 2026 bid.

Delegates had been faced with a clear choice - the joint North American bid boasts modern, established stadiums and well-developed transport links underpinned by Mexican football fervour. Of the Moroccan support of note, Brazil, Italy, France, Qatar and North Korea opted to back the African country.

Russian organizers say they expect World Cup spending to exceed $11 billion, though that tally does not include undisclosed spending on some of the new city infrastructure and stadiums that will be used during the event.

There will be 16 host cities split between the United States (10), Canada (three), and Mexico (three). It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries, Goal reported.

A total of 80 games will be played with 60 planned in the United States and 10 each in Canada and Mexico with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to National Football League teams New York Giants and New York Jets.

United States: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C.

U.S., Canada and Mexico to Host World Cup in 2026
U.S., Canada and Mexico to Host World Cup in 2026

After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States made a decision to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017.

Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are Canadian candidate host cities for the men's soccer showcase, expanded to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament.

One of the most immediate and significant implications of Wednesday's result is that Canada's mens national team will play at a World Cup for the first time in nearly four decades, as all three host nations likely qualify automatically for the tournament. The congress is to choose the host or hosts for the 2026 World Cup. Hosting rights for previous World Cups had been awarded by what was then a 24-person FIFA Executive Committee.

Instead of three automatic places in the tournament, six will be given by that time.

But there is no more unpredictable entity in global sport than soccer's governing body, even as it loudly claims to have cleaned up its act after being engulfed in financial scandal in recent times.

In rating the risk assessment of both bidders, with grades of low-, medium- and high-risk, FIFA's own bid evaluation report gives Morocco three high-risk grades (stadiums, accommodation, and accommodation and transport), 10 medium and seven low.

The key number is 104 but there is also the freaky and unprecedented scenario where both bids get rejected.

Salah joins Egypt training session
Team doctor Mohamed Abou al-Ela said over the weekend that Salah would not play "unless he has totally recovered". The 25-year-old was injured playing in the Champions League final with Liverpool in Kiev at the end of May.

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