Montreal to co-host 2026 World Cup

13 June, 2018, 16:28 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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"Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport", said Carlos Cordeiro, President of U.S. Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid.

The 2026 tournament will be the first to feature 48 teams after Federation Internationale de Football Association approved expansion from the traditional field of 32 competitors. Canadian officials have already said that there is a movement to stage games in all three countries on the tournament's opening day, should the so-called United bid carry the day. The U.S. proposed to host 60 out of the 80 matches, leaving Canada and Mexico with 10 fixtures each.

Winning the bid was a development long in the making, too: The United States - and many others in the football world - thought the 2022 tournament would be in the USA, but the US was beaten for those rights by Qatar in a vote eight years ago that was subsequently shown to be riddled with bribery. The voting of the national associations will be published at the conclusion of Congress.

Among the 22 other host city finalists are Washington and New York/New Jersey, both of which hosted matches in the 1994 World Cup, the last held in North America.

President Trump tweeted his congratulations to those involved in winning the right to host the competition.

"US President Donald Trump has disparaged Mexicans and wants to build a wall along the US-Mexico border".

The distance between the most northern host city (Edmonton) and the most southern (Mexico City) is nearly 3,000 miles, which compares to 1,900 miles at this month's tournament in Russian Federation.

FIFA Announce Major Overhaul of World Ranking System to Make Standings 'Fair & Logical'
US, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Just to add to the complexity, there is a third option for all voters: neither Morocco or United and we start a new bidding process.

He also emphasized FIFA's program to develop football around the world as the football governing body invested four times in previous years to develop football globally.

The outcome of the vote had been expected, despite a tightening of the race in recent days. The "United" bid from North America went in as the front-runner after inspectors gave it a score of 4 out of 5 in terms of the countries' ability and readiness to organize an excellent tournament.

The United bid will, however, be of huge appeal to the Federation Internationale de Football Association bean-counters as the bid team claims the ability to generate a projected profit of more than £8 billion for the governing body.

The joint North American bid was considered a heavy favorite from the outset and earned high marks from FIFA's bid evaluators because it will, in theory, require less construction and lower costs than the Moroccan bid, which carried an estimated price tag above $15 billion. The 2026 tournament will return to the North American region 32 years after that US-hosted edition. Kansas City is one of 23 Candidate Host Cities in the United Bid.

Morocco's bid hadn't been without its problems either.

There were also concerns over "unexplored risks" in the area of human rights. Morocco's bid, for example, received vocal support from France and a large contingent of Middle Eastern and North African nations.


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