World Cup Coming To North America, But Chicago Won’t Host Games

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

Upon being awarded with the World Cup, the United 2026 organizing committee unveiled 23 finalists to be among the 16 host cities. That would potentially leave these 10 cities as the hosts.

Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from NY, said: "While the official name of the bid is United 2026, the three potential host nations are right now anything but united".

Northeast Florida could also see an influx of overseas visitors for the tournament, particularly if Orlando - one of the nine host venues in 1994 - makes the cut.

It's exciting news for any Canadian footy fan, but it also begs a few questions about how the Great White North will be involved, especially logistically. Any warm-up matches would likely occur in late May or early June 2026, though the tournament dates have yet to be confirmed.

For all that Seattle has done to grow the game in the US, this soccer-crazed city deserves to host in the World Cup.

"We believe soccer - or football - will become the preeminent sport in North America", U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said via teleconference.

First built for the 1976 Olympic Games, the "Big O" has played host to many sporting events and teams over the years, including the defunct Montreal Expos.

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The joint bid had been the front-runner for the 48-team tournament from the moment a North American coalition was first mooted two years ago, and there have been spells when it has looked like the only credible candidate.

The 2026 tournament will be the first hosted by multiple countries since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. Such a determination may not occur until at least late 2025, once teams qualify and learn their opening-round assignments.

Under current rules, each base camp must include a hotel and nearby training facilities.

As a player nothing could possibly beat playing in front of your own fans in your own country at the World Cup and I hope our players of the future will be fortunate enough to experience this.

"We've learned about Saudi Arabia, we know that they like to keep the ball and are a technical team".

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.

"This announcement is huge for soccer in the US and maybe even bigger for soccer in Nashville", said Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation President and CEO Butch Spyridon.

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