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June 14, 2018

How will the games be split up?

The joint North American bid defeated their north African rival by a margin of 69 votes, 134 to 65, to win the right to organise the first World Cup to be expanded to 48 teams. That isn't set in stone, however.

"And in that spirit we wish all Russian hosts and all the teams competing here the very best of luck". Jacksonville was named among the initial candidates to host games in the 80-game competition, but the city was cut from the candidate list in October 2017.

To do so would have invited ridicule when it needed to build or renovate the 14 stadiums it wants to use - a task FIFA's technical report said "cannot be overstated".

Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are now the only Canadian cities that could host matches.

How many teams will participate?

Five teams from every confederation except for UEFA, plus one additional team from CONCACAF, will take part in an intercontinental playoff tournament to determine the final two slots.

The city has a chance to host warm-up friendly matches and perhaps other events ahead of the worldwide soccer competition, which returns to the United States for the first time since 1994.

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The two leaders will have a "one-on-one" meeting - accompanied by translators - before wider talks with their top aides. The North Korean news agency KCNA said the meeting signalled "a changed era" in bilateral ties with Washington.

"We believe soccer - or football - will become the preeminent sport in North America", U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said via teleconference. Infantino said Wednesday that discussions about the issue will be held in the weeks to come but added that CONCACAF, and not the FIFA Council, will make the decision.

Trump has also backed the tri-nation bid and his administration has given guarantees about trade, tax and other requirements demanded by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

"We've got our plan for how to succeed against them".

Upon being awarded with the World Cup, the United 2026 organizing committee unveiled 23 finalists to be among the 16 host cities. The U.S. will host 60 games, Canada 10 games and Mexico 10 games.

With the hosting rights for 2026 settled, there remains one major question to be answered about the tournament: Will all three host nations receive automatic bids? "The men's World Cup will take this country to a place it's never been before".

So what about the tournament setup?

"In 2006, there was no reason why Ivory Coast, with the players and team they had, should not have made it out of the group".

According to Yahoo, the bid called for each of the three host nations to play in the opening matches. It's not too far fetched to imagine those two meeting at some advanced stage of the tournament and after the obligatory strains of Le Marseillaise and God Save the Queen, the crowd launching into The Star Spangled Banner and March of the Volunteers.

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