US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup finals

Lynette Rowe
June 13, 2018

This week 32 teams will meet in Russian Federation to compete for the 2018 World Cup.

The current blueprint calls for Canada and Mexico to stage 10 games each with the USA hosting 60.

There were some concerns ahead of Wednesday's vote that anti-U.S. sentiment around the world, fuelled by President Donald Trump, would hurt the "United Bid".

Although it will be the first tournament to be hosted by three nations, the vast majority of games will be held in the United States. Canada has never held the competition, but it did host the 2015 Women's World Cup.

The value of World Cup sponsorship may have fluctuated recently, but overall it has grown strongly in the past two decades with Fifa's 2015-2018 cycle revenues representing more than twice the amount for the 1999-2002 period.

After raising the World Cup eight miles from Copacabana Beach four years ago, Germany hope to lift the trophy four miles from the Kremlin on July 15 and become the first repeat champions in more than a half-century.

Sixty matches will take place in the U.S., while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each.

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Canada and the United States did not qualify for the tournament.

It was always going to take something special to resuscitate the game in America and the 1994 World Cup did just that, capturing the imagination of a generation of sports fans, while helping plant the seeds for what would be born two years later as Major League Soccer.

"This is a monumental victory for the Concacaf family, as the United Bid exemplified the strong collaboration, beyond politics and business, that now exists in our region".

Edmontonian Alphonso Davies, 17, was the first to speak in the United Bid's final presentation to the FIFA Congress prior to the vote.

The American candidate cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Vancouver will watch from the sidelines after the B.C. government, citing concerns over the possible costs of being a host city, was unable to come to terms with the bid committee. Citing a number of high-profile sponsors dropping FIFA, London newspaper The Independent reported that FIFA's 2018 World Cup sponsorship revenues were down $240 million.

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