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Edmonton likely to host matches, as North America wins bid

Conrad Doyle | 14 June, 2018, 04:34

Federation Internationale de Football Association have announced that the 2026 World Cup will be jointly-hosted in North America between the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The US, Mexico and Canada received 134 votes (67 percent) with the Morocco bid earning 65 votes. Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, has seven slots in the World Cup.

Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium fared well in FIFA's assessment of potential game venues, and the city is considered the favorite to host the World Cup Team Workshop, which brings together delegations from all 48 competing nations for a pretournament introduction to the World Cup's organization. "There would be tens of thousands of global visitors that would be coming into the city, enjoying everything we have to offer", said Needle. 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.

Mexico has hosted the World Cup twice, in 1970 and 1986.

In 2010, the US was a finalist to host the 2020 World Cup but lost to Qatar in a vote that was later discredited - but not reversed - because of widespread corruption in FIFA's ranks. The United States is likely to have 10 cities selected to host games, while Mexico and Canada are expected to each have three. Under the terms of the bid, Canada and Mexico will each host 10 matches.

Canada failed in its lone previous World Cup bid - to host the 1986 tournament after Colombia pulled out as host.

Herdman, meanwhile, says hosting the event will be a "game changer" for Canadian soccer.

"No one has said to us they're not voting for us because of who we have in the White House".

The Bid Book contains all of the detail of how we would host the World Cup in either 2018 or 22. That's the spirit of the World Cup. Thus far, cities in contention to host are New York/New Jersey, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Nashville, Orlando, San Francisco/San Jose, and Cincinnati.

In a statement Wednesday, Beare said she congratulates the United bid on its success.

Despite the latest setback, Morocco vowed to continue its bid to host the tournament in future.

The 2015 Women's World Cup was played on artificial turf, prompting a human rights complaint from a group of elite female players.

Herdman pointed to the performance of national team member Alphonso Davies, 17, who spoke to delegates ahead of their vote Wednesday, as representative of the quality of the young talent on his team.

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