Canada to officially host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

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Federation Internationale de Football Association had already chose to expand the 2026 tournament to 48 teams and by backing the joint bid it has also committed to holding the first tournament hosted by three countries.

The leaders of Mexico and Canada gleefully cheered winning the right to host the 2026 World Cup jointly with the United States on Wednesday, emphasizing unity at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump has frayed relations with the two neighbors during his 18 months in office.

Edmonton proved its hosting abilities during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, he said.

Tournament matches at TIAA Bank Field, however, aren't on the agenda.

Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are all candidates cities for games at the tournament that will be hosted by Canada, the USA and Mexico.

A mix of dorms, residences and first-class hotels would be required for the pre-World Cup training venues, along with several natural grass fields that are nearby, and groomed to the highest worldwide standards.

Meanwhile, the United States hosted the World Cup previously in 1994 while Mexico hosted it in 1970 and 1986.

Despite the latest setback, Morocco vowed to continue its bid to host the tournament in future.

That means at least one tournament destination should be within easy driving distance for Northeast Florida fans, although tickets may be pricey.

Hasseltine said Monday that the focus of Baltimore's bid committee would now turn to tying up "any loose ends", from potential practice venues to the creation of green spaces in the city. 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.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will be used at the FIFA World Cup for the first time, after being tested at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and used at top leagues in Italy and Germany. Any warm-up matches would likely occur in late May or early June 2026, though the tournament dates have yet to be confirmed. The 1994 World Cup ― which Brazil won in front of 94,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California ― also led to the creation of Major League Soccer, the American professional league that began play in 1996.

A total of 23 venues - three in Mexico, three in Canada, 17 in the United States - have made the final shortlist that will be considered for the tournament. The United States will host the remaining 60, including the final.

The 2026 World Cup will head to North America for the fourth time and will be the first with 48 teams taking part. Such a determination may not occur until at least late 2025, once teams qualify and learn their opening-round assignments. National-team base camps could also be held at local sites such as Loyola Maryland and Navy.

Filato said the city estimates the financial return from hosting World Cup games will be around $200 million. Canadian officials have said they will push to have games played in all three of their host cities.

The World Cup is coming back to America in 2026. And it gives us eight years to tell and deliver a great story for soccer, for youth, for grassroots, for men's (soccer) alignment and for sports in general.

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