World Cup teams could train on Vancouver Island

Ahead of tomorrow's World Cup in Russia, FIFA has announced that the U.S., Mexico, and Canada have won a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, reports NBC.

A joint-bid from the US, Mexico, and Canada, dubbed "United 2026", defeated Morocco's proposal in a landslide vote in Russian Federation on Wednesday. "I'm very enthusiastic and soccer fans, and sports fans in general and everyday citizens are very favourable to this announcement". Most national teams prefer to establish their pre-World Cup training compounds away from their first-round group-game cities. The winning bid listed 17 US cities, including L.A., San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami and Philadelphia, as potential match sites; organizers will select 10 of those.

Before the World Cup was a real possibility for the city, $200 million had already been pledged by the provincial government to replace the roof on the Big O, Filato said.

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

The 2026 World Cup has 48 teams playing a total of 80 games: 60 planned for cities across the USA, and 10 games in potentially three different cities in both Canada and Mexico. The United States, which hosted the 1994 World Cup, is to host 60 of the 80 matches, including those in the knockout phase, while Canada and Mexico will get just 10 group-stage matches each. While that means Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal may all be host cities for the men's soccer showcase, Vancouver will be watching from the sidelines.


"And in that spirit we wish all Russian hosts and all the teams competing here the very best of luck".

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.

Canada, Mexico and the United States will be hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Others saw the event as an opportunity to heal North America's frayed relations since U.S. President Donald Trump came to office 18 months ago promising to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico to stem illegal immigration and to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA. "Together-in partnership with our Candidate Host Cities, the Member Associations, and FIFA-we will use this platform to unite the world around football and help create a new and sustainable blueprint for the future of FIFA World Cups™". That remains the only World Cup the Canadian men have ever qualified for.

The tournament has been jointly hosted only once before, by Japan and Korea in 2002. And there will be a maximum of seven games for the teams reaching the final, the same as the current format.

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