Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Canadian politicians welcome opportunity to host World Cup games

Canadian politicians welcome opportunity to host World Cup games

PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how Morocco on Wednesday at the Expocentre in Moscow lost out 65-134 to the joint bid of the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico.

"We know we have the best stadium in the country for hosting soccer", Iveson said of the city's chance of solidifying its place for the event.

It will be decided at FIFA Congress in June 2019 whether the three host nations all receive automatic qualification for the tournament.

In eight year's time, numerous young rising stars of the United States men's national team should be in their prime as it is expected to be the first World Cup with 48 teams.

But though U.S. and Mexico have previous experience of hosting the event in 1994 and 1986 respectively, an expanded tournament across three host nations for the first time would appear to pose a major challenge. U.S. will regroup in the coming years and attempt to clinch a spot in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar before turning its attention to home pursuits.

The current plan is for the U.S.to host 60 matches.

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"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026", Carlos Cordiero, the president of US Soccer told the delegates from more than 200 member nations following the vote.

"What can really be the legacy, whether we host matches or are just involved with this in some other grand scheme, that can make sure that Baltimore and the state of Maryland have maximized the potential of being a part of the World Cup?".

The United Bid is expected to generate more than $14 billion in revenue and $11 billion in profits for FIFA, which will be shared with the 211 FIFA Member Associations, helping further develop and expand the game of football across the globe.

Studies show that World Cup host cities can see an economic impact of up to $360 million, the statement said, though some economists question such projections. North American bid won the rights by majority votes after a lengthy 50-minute session, in which groups from various bidding parties presented their portfolios validating their capabilities to host the tournament.

For the first time since 1994, the World Cup is coming back to North America.

Meanwhile Fifa fraternity also voted to maintain the headquarters of the soccer governing body at Zurich in Switzerland.

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The 48-team format will increase the number of games from 64 to 80 over 34 days.

The World Cup will expand to 48 teams and 80 games for 2026 and the USA will stage 60 of those matches.

The Koreans voted for Morocco rather than the winning joint bid of the U.S., Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup.

The so-called United bid gets 17 low-risk assessments and three medium (organizing cost, legal-government support, and human rights and labour standards).

Putin called Infantino a, "fighter" in hard times for FIFA and praised his commitment in fighting politics in football and corruption as well.

The official bid cited listed MetLife Stadium in North Jersey as the likely site of the final match and offered Atlanta and Dallas as likely sites for semifinal matches.

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