U.S., Canada and Mexico will share 2026 World Cup

U.S., Canada and Mexico will share 2026 World Cup

Canada will host men's World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since 1986.

To prepare for the 2015 Women's World Cup, the stadium got new locker rooms, which are now used by visiting CFL teams, Jevne said.

A successful joint North America bid will see the global sports event return to the US for the first time since 1994.

The win was rooted in those factors, but it also served as validation for the intense, exhaustive campaign led over the past few months by Cordeiro and fellow United Bid co-chairs, Canada Soccer president Steven Reed and Mexican federation chief Decio de Maria.

Lenarduzzi said with or without Vancouver, co-hosting the event will be an important step for Canada's growing soccer community, which he said is undergoing a renaissance. That was the only World Cup that Canada's men's team has ever qualified for.

For a 48-team competition spread across the North American continent, the number of tune-up matches in the United States would likely increase significantly.

Edmonton's hopes of becoming a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup rest on a final vote Wednesday morning in Moscow.

So Morocco concentrated its pitch on the country's undisputed passion for football, the notion that Africa deserves another World Cup after South Africa 2010, its far more compact offering and Euro-friendly time zone.

The head of United States soccer thanked Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for supporting North America's winning bid to host the World Cup in 2026.

There is now a professional league that includes impressive infrastructure such as stadiums and training grounds, European games are omnipresent on television, top players now come from across the country, and the World Cup is big business. American soccer officials downplayed the influence of politics on the bid.

"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.

Ultimately, the United Bid won on its comparative merits. "The merits of the bid, we feel we have a compelling proposal".

"We will not be ideal but we are looking for uniformity and consistency - but it can not be 100 per cent", said Massimo Busacca, FIFA's head of refereeing.

The World Cup in 1994 changed everything for the sport and help build a fanbase that grew into what it is today.

Venues for the 2026 World Cup, which is slated to be the first WC to feature 48 teams, will be chosen from 23 stadiums that now exist or are already under construction.

Willa Frej contributed reporting.

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