Edmonton aiming to make final cut as 2026 World Cup host city

Edmonton aiming to make final cut as 2026 World Cup host city

"United 2026" will mark the first time that the tournament will be hosted by three separate nations.There will be a total of 16 host cities, 10 in the United States and the rest split evenly between Canada and Mexico. The final of the expanded tournament will be played at MetLife Stadium in NY. "Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World CupTM in history".

"Our Bay Area bid received the second-highest technical evaluation from FIFA during the review process so we are excited about our prospects for being selected as a host city by FIFA", Ernstrom said.

The event will be the first to feature 48 teams, up from the current 32-team tournament, which begins on Thursday.

Nashville was chosen alongside 22 other cities across the three countries to host potential games and training sites for the tournament. NRG Park has successfully hosted two Super Bowls and two NCAA Men's Final Fours, and it will be a great venue for the World Cup matches.

"Hosting a FIFA World CupTM is an extraordinary honor and privilege", said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co‐Chair of the United Bid. "I've done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream".

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Unlike the contentious dual votes in 2010 for Russian Federation and Qatar, this time the inspection reports of each bid were a guide for voters from FIFA's full membership.

While Morocco's combined tickets and hospitality revenue projected to be $1.07 billion, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association analysis, North America would generate $2 billion more.

The North America bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the vote of the FIFA Congress in Moscow which saw one member vote for "neither bid".

"The margin of victory was a surprise but the USA made a good bid and they looked to work harder in the hotel lobbies, we didn't see much of Morocco", added Dutch Football Association president Michael van Praag, who voted for the north Africans.

In 2030, the tournament will be the "World Centennial", a century after the first World Cup was organized and won by Uruguay, which has already announced its joint candidacy with Argentina and Paraguay for 2030.