The chance to co-host the 2026 World Cup is an opportunity to put Canada on the world stage, politicians said Wednesday after soccer's worldwide governing body voted in favour of a joint North American bid for the event. Their lone opponent was Morocco.
The United States will be a host nation for soccer's World Cup in 2026, and Jacksonville could be among the destinations for the world's top players to tune up before the tournament kicks off.
President Donald Trump welcomed the news, tweeting: "The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup". The preliminary bid book submitted by the organizers anticipates 10 American cities at hosts. More than 870,000 tickets were bought by Russians, nearly 90,000 by fans from the United States and over 72,500 by Brazilians.
With files from Rob Williams.
The average stadium capacity for the tournament is 55,000, with the largest the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, best known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team.
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The tournament involves 32 national teams, including current champions Germany and World Cup newcomers Iceland and Panama.
The 2026 World Cup could turn out to be one of the most significant developments to American soccer in a long time.
Shanks is gearing up for this year's tournament in Moscow, which will be broadcast in the U.S.by Fox Sports, and will take place in 11 cities across Russian Federation.
Among the 22 other host city finalists are Washington and New York/New Jersey, both of which hosted matches in the 1994 World Cup, the last held in North America.
Federation Internationale de Football Association have announced that all video assistant referees (VAR) at the 2018 World Cup will wear official match kit during games, despite not actually being inside the stadium.
"They are doing something stressful and that's why we want them wearing the dress code".
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.
It's estimated to cost each city between $30 and $50 million to host 2026 games. Aside from that, Gillette has hosted games for the CONCACAF Gold Cup on five occasions, as well as other US men's and women's qualifiers.