With 2026 FIFA World Cup awarded to North American bid, Baltimore moves closer to soccer's biggest stage
14 June, 2018, 10:36
How will the games be split up?
Mexico also played host in 1970 and 1986 but Canada has never done so before. That isn't set in stone, however. Jacksonville was named among the initial candidates to host games in the 80-game competition, but the city was cut from the candidate list in October 2017.
Both bids were given a last chance to make their case with 15-minute presentations in front of Congress, at the Moscow Expocentre, where the North America bid pledged their tournament would generate an 11 billion dollar profit, while Morocco said theirs would make 5 billion.
But he also pointed to the certainty of the bid's 23 stadiums - already built, burnished and ready for action - including Toronto's BMO Field, Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium and Montreal's Olympic Stadium.
How many teams will participate?
The two highest-ranked teams according to FIFA's rankings will receive byes, while the other four will play knockout games. The United States will host the remaining 60, including the final. Football is known as soccer in the United States.
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Canada, Mexico, and the United States will now jointly manage preparations for the massive events until Federation Internationale de Football Association establishes their operations to manage the competition.
"A lot of hard work has really paid off by USA soccer, [the] Mexican Soccer Federation and the Canadian Soccer Federation to bring it to all three host countries for the very first time in World Cup history". FIFA said in May 2017 that the question will be answered by the FIFA Council at a later date, and no decision was made on Wednesday.
United States soccer president Carlos Corderio said after his bid's success on Wednesday: "It's a bit emotional for us today".
One has to think all three will receive an automatic pass into the tournament. We congratulate all of those who worked tirelessly to bring the World Cup back to North America and thank the countries that voted for the United Bid, and for their belief in our vision for the future of the sport in our region.
With 48 teams, there will be 16 groups of three teams. The three joint bidders enjoy close relationships with their Concacaf brethren and with CONMEBOL countries, regularly playing South American nations in friendly matches and staging the 2016 Copa America Centenario in conjunction with them.
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