Canada to officially host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

  • Canada to officially host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Canada to officially host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

A successful joint North America bid will see the global sports event return to the US for the first time since 1994.

The 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday, June 14, 2018 with a Group A fixture between host nation Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The tournament involves 32 national teams, including current champions Germany and World Cup newcomers Iceland and Panama.

"Before even giving our official candidacy of the city of Montreal (for the World Cup as part of the United 2026 bid) the (Olympic Installations Board) and the provincial government already said that they were going to invest the money in the retractable roof", Filato said.

Portland was not chosen as one of the finalists to host World Cup matches.

"FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk".

Just to add to the complexity, there was a third option for all voters: neither Morocco or United and we would have had to start a new bidding process. There is now a professional league that includes impressive infrastructure such as stadiums and training grounds, European games are omnipresent on television, top players now come from across the country, and the World Cup is big business.

As a result, Fifa's executive committee is no longer responsible for the final say on which country is awarded a World Cup.

"They have made a decision among themselves but ultimately it will be up to FIFA to decide", FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters Wednesday.

They followed up by heading to South America, where nine of 10 CONMEBOL countries - Brazil being the lone exception - ended up voting for the US, Canada and Mexico.

The World Cup in 1994 changed everything for the sport and help build a fanbase that grew into what it is today. The combined economic impact on those 16 host cities is estimated at $5 billion US.

The Football Association has not hosted the tournament since 1966, having failed in bids for the 1990, 2006 and 2018 tournaments. Canada has never staged a men's World Cup, but hosted the women's tournament in 2015.

"We are set up to do exactly that - host groups and teams here - and would love to be involved if the opportunity arose", Robertson said.

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.

Under Trump, relations between the United States, Canada and Mexico have plumbed new lows thanks to disputes in the renegotiation of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, a $1.1 trillion trade pact that ties the three countries' economies together and which Trump has said should be scrapped.