Canada to officially host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Irving Hamilton
June 14, 2018

"We'll get the team performing and we'll qualify if we have to", John Herdman told CTV's Your Morning Wednesday, just about an hour after the announcement that the joint bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States had beaten Morocco to host the 48-team tournament. Even if Trump wins re-election, his presidency would end before the 2026 World Cup.

It followed a campaign centered around record crowds, existing venues and a forecast revenue of $14.3 billion (£10.6 billion/€12.1 billion).

The North American bid beat competition from Morocco, which was hoping to become just the second African country to host soccer's biggest worldwide tournament. There was no professional league, numerous national team players came from New Jersey and California, watching live professional games from Europe was almost impossible, and the World Cup ratings from 1990 in Italy were miniscule.

The VAR will be overseen remotely from a control room in Moscow throughout the tournament and, in a bid to control sweat levels, FIFA is insisting they forgo civilian suits and ties in favour of football shirts and shorts. We congratulate all of those who worked tirelessly to bring the World Cup back to North America and thank the countries that voted for the United Bid, and for their belief in our vision for the future of the sport in our region. The 2026 tournament will be the first hosted by multiple countries since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

The games will be played in 16 cities.

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The government averted a rebellion on Tuesday over whether Parliament should have a decisive say in such a scenario. May warned her MPs: "The message we send to the country through our votes this week is important".

The United States last hosted the men's World Cup in 1994. More than 40 soccer officials and businesses indicted, convicted or pleaded guilty.

"FIFA was clinically dead as an organization", Infantino said, reflecting on his election in 2016 before announcing plans to another four-year term in 2019.

"We are set up to do exactly that - host groups and teams here - and would love to be involved if the opportunity arose", Robertson said. One such policy was a ban on travel from six majority-Muslim countries for security reasons.

Edmonton (Commonwealth Stadium), Montreal (Olympic Stadium) and Toronto (BMO Field) were among the 23 candidate host cities in the North American bid book with Federation Internationale de Football Association expected to select up to 16 cities.

"Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World Cup in history".

At a televised event in St. Petersburg today, Achilles was again presented with two food dishes, choosing the home team after some hesitation.

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