The jubilant head coach of the Canadian men's national soccer team says the squad will play in the 2026 World Cup hosted by North America whether or not Federation Internationale de Football Association grants an automatic entry to the three host nations.
It will be the first men's World Cup held in North America since the United States hosted the tournament in 1994 and the fourth overall after Mexico hosted in 1970 and 1986.
Earlier in the year, there were fears that opposition to US President Donald Trump could endanger the US-led bid for the 2026 World Cup, but those fears were allayed at the 68th Fifa Congress in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday.
As nice as it is to travel and experience new countries, having the tournament come to our own backyard is a chance that simply can not be missed, especially considering it will be held in three separate countries for the first time in the history of the World Cup.
Of the 80 games, 10 matches will be held in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the USA with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets.More news: Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld says he could stay amid Manchester United links
This is the first World Cup since 2006 to be hosted in Europe.
For Morocco, it was the fifth time it had bid for the hosting rights to the football World Cup, calling it "the dream of a nation". "Our vision is of a world of opportunity for our Candidate host cities and for the global football community".
Spain's Miguel Salgado, Iker Casillas and Portugal's Luis Figo, from left, chat prior to the Fifa Congress on the eve of the 2018 World Cup finals in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015.
That's the spirit of the World Cup.
As part of Canada, Mexico and the United States' final presentation to the FIFA Congress, the United Bid showed this video that explains their bid to voters.More news: US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup finals
In the closing days before the vote, Trump ― who won't be president during the 2026 World Cup, even if he wins re-election in 2020 ― promised that visiting players and fans would not face visa problems around the tournament. Under the terms of the bid, Canada and Mexico will each host 10 matches.
The United States was defeated in the final round of voting to determine the 2022 World Cup host. It was all for wearing that jersey, to represent my country and get us to a World Cup. The Switzerland-based organization reports its revenue in four-year cycles, and most recently claimed $5.7 billion for the cycle culminating in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are in the running to be among the 16 host cities.
Instead of three automatic places in the tournament, six will be given by that time. Elsewhere in the region, Philadelphia is also under consideration for the 2026 competition, as are Boston and Cincinnati.More news: Arsenal, Liverpool Target Thomas Lemar Agrees to Join Atletico Madrid
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