North America to Hold the 2026 FIFA World Cup

The 2026 World Cup will head to North America for the fourth time and will be the first with 48 teams taking part.

A spokesperson said: "We congratulate the USA, Canada and Mexico on winning the bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup".

FIFA's official list for the 2018 World Cup showed nine of the 32 teams chose base camps separate from any of the tournament venues, some of them in cities with fewer than 100,000 residents.

"Our Canadian kids have got a big opportunity and I think that 2026 makes sure that many of them that might have left our shores to play for other countries will stay".

It's estimated to cost each city between $30 and $50 million to host 2026 games.

Brazil will play their first game of the tournament against Switzerland at the 45,000-seater Rostov Arena on Sunday. Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are in the running to be among the 16 host cities.

That, along with the promise of major revenues from North American sponsors and television networks, was appealing to Federation Internationale de Football Association, an organization that has been beset by global corruption scandals, concerns over exorbitant costs related to previous tournaments, and allegations of widespread labor and human rights abuses around the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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"There's a tremendous amount of ancillary events that go on around the World Cup", said Rick Catlett, president and chief executive officer of Gator Bowl Sports.

The 2026 World Cup could turn out to be one of the most significant developments to American soccer in a long time.

Bid leader Cordeiro said his team was "humbled" by the result and predicted the tournament would put football "on a new and sustainable path for generations to come". The United States, which hosted the 1994 World Cup, is to host 60 of the 80 matches, including those in the knockout phase, while Canada and Mexico will get just 10 group-stage matches each.

It may still be eight years away, but the expectation of seeing Canada co-hosting, and actually playing in, a men's World Cup is already palpable. "But when I was five years old, a country called Canada welcomed us in", he told delegates at the FIFA Congress in Moscow.

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Chief among those is US President Donald Trump, whose "America First" approach might score well with his electoral base but may have made the United bid's task harder than it could ever have imagined.

"The people of North America have always welcomed me".

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