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World Cup 2026: Edmonton likely to host matches, as North America wins bid

Carlos Cordeiro, President of the US Soccer Federation, expressed gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the Kingdom's sports authority, in backing the joint bid to host one of the world's premier tournaments.

The U.S., Mexico, and Canada had submitted a joint bid to host the World Cup in 2026, when the tournament will expand from 32 teams to 48.

There are 23 stadium venues put forward in the bid book, which will be whittled to 16.

Thirty-two national teams are participating in the World Cup football championships in Russian Federation.

"FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk". Morocco lost the bidding process for a fifth time.

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It was thought that Vancouver dropping out of the eligible list of cities would hurt Island chances to become a training base for 2026 World Cup teams.

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"We will not be flawless but we are looking for uniformity and consistency - but it can not be 100 per cent", said Massimo Busacca, FIFA's head of refereeing.

The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the tournament, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each. "A lot of them have now either retired or grown too old to still be in reckoning for national duty", said Malosolov.

The world's biggest sporting event could be on its way to Edmonton.

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Former Ghana star Samuel Osei-Kuffour fears Africa will struggle to break the semi-final barrier at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

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.

To do so would have invited ridicule when it needed to build or renovate the 14 stadiums it wants to use - a task FIFA's technical report said "cannot be overstated". The intercontinental playoff will be held somewhere in the United States, Canada or Mexico, perhaps in November 2025.

Under Trump, relations between the United States, Canada and Mexico have plumbed new lows thanks to disputes in the renegotiation of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, a $1.1 trillion trade pact that ties the three countries' economies together and which Trump has said should be scrapped.

Sophie Schmidt played on Team Canada during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and recalls the buzz around the stadium and the tournament.

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