While Mexico has hosted the lovely game's largest tournament in 1970 and 1986, and the USA hosted it in 1994, this is the first time any World Cup games will be played in Canada. "Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the World Cup in 2026".
Vancouver Whitecaps star Alphonso Davies, who will likely lead the Canadian line for years to come, eloquently opened the North American bid's presentation to the FIFA Congress.
According to U.S. Soccer, Canada and Mexico are each slated to host 10 matches, while the United States will host 60.
As an Italian-Canadian, however, the news that the North American bid had been selected for the 2026 World Cup hit Filato in a particularly soft spot when it arrived at around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Canada will finally get the chance to host the World Cup.
FIFA's hosting selection process was revamped in the wake of recent scandals enveloping the world governing body of soccer.
England, like Morocco, knows the feeling of falling short in the bid to host the World Cup. 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.
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Montreal, Edmonton, and Toronto are contenders for the games played in Canada, although it is not yet determined how many games each city will host.
Chief among those is US President Donald Trump, whose "America First" approach might score well with his electoral base but may have made the United bid's task harder than it could ever have imagined.
First built for the 1976 Olympic Games, the "Big O" has played host to many sporting events and teams over the years, including the defunct Montreal Expos.
Nashville has recently hosted World Cup Qualifying matches and CONCACAF Gold Cup matches.
Federation Internationale de Football Association insists that contracts with host cities contain a provision they be governed under Swiss law and give Federation Internationale de Football Association the ability to modify agreements at any time.
"But with the World Cup coming, we'll definitely develop some of those role models that players like Luis. can aspire to", he says.
Catlett expects discussions with U.S. Soccer over Jacksonville's potential role in supporting events to start within the next two to three months.