U.S., Mexico, & Canada to Host 2026 World Cup

Tim Cahill

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The move is significant for both the United States and Canada, with each team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, which gets underway on Thursday. That isn't set in stone, however.

"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.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted after the victory: "Congratulations, - a great deal of hard work!" The combined economic impact on those 16 host cities is estimated at $5 billion US. There will be three hubs in Mexico, three in Canada, and sixteen in the States, all home to National Football League teams.

Of those 23, only six are from outside the USA: Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey in Mexico, and Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton in Canada.

How many teams will participate?

This will lead to varying temperatures and conditions, depending on where games are played.

Former West Ham defender John Paintsil was part of that 2006 Ghana squad and played a key role in the march to the quarter-finals, only to lose on penalties in a dramatic game against Uruguay.

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.

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Canada has not qualified since 1986, which is the last time the United States of America did not qualify, before 2018. Cordeiro, Reed and de Maria started their campaign by pitching to their fellow members of Concacaf, which, despite earlier reports that several Caribbean nations would vote for Morocco, fully backed the United Bid on Wednesday. "We agreed on an African position and stayed with it", said Mwendwa, in an interview with the Nation Sport from Moscow.

The World Cup is coming back to America in 2026. The United States hosted the tournament in 1994 while Mexico has hosted in 1970 and 1986.

One has to think all three will receive an automatic pass into the tournament.

"It's always a bit of a stronger bid with more countries, but at same time if we are talking about England, with their infrastructure, they can host on their own or with the rest of the U.K".

While Canada has never hosted-or even qualified for-the men's World Cup, it can count on its more experienced co-hosts and current NAFTA partners.

So what about the tournament setup?

However, the Saudis impressed in qualifying and may be dark horses in Group A of this tournament.

With only three teams in each group and each team guaranteed only two games, there is a greater opportunity for teams to collude with each other in the final group-stage matches to secure passage to the knockout round.

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