Which cities will host the 2026 World Cup? Bid chiefs talk tough process

Their exhausting campaign came to a successful end when FIFA awarded the 2026 World Cup to the United States, Canada and Mexico on Wednesday. But for those in charge of organizing the tournament, the work is only just beginning.

Potential commercial opportunities, practical legal hurdles involved with throwing a huge event in three separate, large countries and a litany of other questions must be answered in the buildup to the 2026 tournament, which will be the first World Cup to feature an expanded field of 48 teams.

Two of the more pressing issues on the docket? Where, exactly, the World Cup will be played, and whether all three host nations will automatically qualify for the tournament.

The United Bid co-chaired by U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro, Canada Soccer Association chief Steven Reed and Mexican federation head Decio de Maria (trio pictured above) includes 23 cities across the three countries, 16 of which will end up hosting World Cup matches.

Sixty of the 80 games in the tournament, including every match from the quarterfinals on, will be played in the US. Canada and Mexico will each host 10 games. The split of potential venues reflects that breakdown. Seventeen American cities remain in the running to host games, while Canada (Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto) and Mexico (Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey) have just three cities each in

Article source: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/06/13/which-cities-will-host-2026-world-cup-bid-chiefs-talk-tough-process

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