Edmonton's chances to host Federation Internationale de Football Association games hinge on provincial funding, mayor says

The combined North American bid of the United States, Mexico and Canada was awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday, moving Baltimore one step closer toward possibly hosting a match in the quadrennial soccer competition.

The city has a chance to host warm-up friendly matches and perhaps other events ahead of the worldwide soccer competition, which returns to the United States for the first time since 1994.

FIFA's official list for the 2018 World Cup showed nine of the 32 teams chose base camps separate from any of the tournament venues, some of them in cities with fewer than 100,000 residents.

Most the World Cup games in 2026 will take place in the United States and it will be a 48 team World Cup - which should open the tournament's doors for the first time to many countries.

The current plan is for the U.S.to host 60 matches.

As a host country, Canada will be allowed to play in the 2026 games.

There will also be significant costs associated with security for the event, but Tory said the city is counting on the partnerships with other governments to make that happen. "I mean, to say that we knew it was going to be a landslide was probably unfair, but we knew it was going to go well for us". "Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the World Cup in 2026".

USA, Canada and Mexico had been considered favourites throughout the bidding process, despite some suggesting the controversial politics of American president Donald Trump could help Morocco. "Our cities are ready to host today", said John Kristick, executive director of the United Bid Committee. The United States is likely to have 10 cities selected to host games, while Mexico and Canada are expected to each have three. Canada, which has only qualified for the World Cup once, in 1986, has hosted a number of previous Federation Internationale de Football Association events, including the 2015 Women's World Cup. "We're on the map all the time, but we've got to keep putting this city and country on the map and to do it in the sporting world - in the soccer, football world - is a huge opportunity to expose this city and this country to literally billions of people, to attract thousands of tourists to come here".

To prepare for the 2015 Women's World Cup, the stadium got new locker rooms, which are now used by visiting CFL teams, Jevne said.

Schmidt, who has played professionally in Frankfurt, Germany, for four years, believes Edmonton is well-positioned to co-host the worldwide soccer event.