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Canadian soccer official calls 2026 World Cup bid vote a 'watershed moment'

14 June 2018, 07:05 | Erica Roy

The festivities are in full swing in Moscow ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018

The festivities are in full swing in Moscow ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018

Upon being awarded with the World Cup, the United 2026 organizing committee unveiled 23 finalists to be among the 16 host cities.

Miami is a flawless city to host World Cup matches. Whether FIFA also extends this courtesy to Mexico and Canada - the latter a relative nonentity in worldwide soccer that has qualified for just one World Cup in 1986 - remains to be seen.

Mexico hosted the 1986 World Cup, while the United States was awarded the tournament in 1994 but Canada, who have appeared just once at the tournament, have never hosted. "The uncertainty for taxpayers, coupled with FIFA's inflexibility and unwillingness to negotiate, were clear indications that further pursuit of the bid wasn't in Chicago's best interests", the mayor's office said at the time.

The VAR will be overseen remotely from a control room in Moscow throughout the tournament and, in a bid to control sweat levels, FIFA is insisting they forgo civilian suits and ties in favour of football shirts and shorts.

If we're spitballing, it's hard to imagine the United States being forced to qualify for a World Cup in which it is the predominant host.

That figure would shatter the $2.6 billion profit from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"We have no regrets (voting for Morocco)". Canada and Mexico are expected to each play host to 10 games.


The Russian president also expressed gratitude to FIFA President Gianni Infantino for his positive attitude toward Russia and the great job he has done as the FIFA head. The vote leaves Morocco reeling from a fifth failure in a World Cup hosting vote, with the continent's sole tournament coming in 2010 in South Africa.

Usually referred to as just the World Cup, the tournament is the biggest sporting competition on the planet.

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.

Bid officials have said they plan to stage games in all three host nations on the opening day, with the main opening match likely to be held in either Mexico City or Los Angeles.

Two venues - the University of Victoria and Royal Athletic Park - are mentioned specifically in the bid book. He did say, however, that he would "fully expect" all three co-hosts to receive them.

A poll conducted by Ipsos MORI and published on June 7 showed that 73 percent of 12,000 people who took part in a global survey were happy with Russian Federation being the host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The North American bid book published earlier this year proposed the 84,953-capacity MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just outside New York City for the final.



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