USA, Canada and Mexico to host football World Cup 2026

Ruben Hill
June 14, 2018

Hosting World Cups and Olympic Games is openly a politicians' prestige-burnishing project now, not only for Russia's president Vladimir Putin or Qatar's Emir, seeking soft power from hosting in 2022.

The 2026 World Cup is coming to North America and Philadelphia will be pushing hard to host matches, most likely at Lincoln Financial Field. Their lone opponent was Morocco.

It was quickly dubbed the "NAFTA World Cup" on social media, but soccer fans and observers could not help seeing Wednesday's news that the United States, Mexico and Canada will jointly host the 2026 World Cup through the lens of border walls, tariffs and Trump.

Safe, rational and bountifully lucrative as the Federation Internationale de Football Association decision is to have the 2026 World Cup hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico, it is also disappointing for romantics fancying another tournament in Africa - and laced with contradictions, too. Mexico last held the event in 1986, while the USA held the World Cup in 1994. "Our cities are ready to host today", said John Kristick, executive director of the United Bid Committee.

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante and Toronto Mayor John Tory both retweeted of a video of North American representatives reacting to the success of the united bid Wednesday.

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". This effort was an enormous priority for former U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and his successor Carlos Cordeiro and the victorious effort could be an enormous boost to the sport in the United States.

The 2015 Women's World Cup was played on artificial turf, prompting a human-rights complaint from a group of elite female players.

Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are all candidates cities for games at the tournament that will be hosted by Canada, the US and Mexico. Expect it to add a World Cup semifinal to its resume.

The tournament involves 32 national teams, including current champions Germany and World Cup newcomers Iceland and Panama. "There would be tens of thousands of worldwide visitors that would be coming into the city, enjoying everything we have to offer", said Needle.

Anxious that rivals might try to turn the vote into a referendum on Trump, who is deeply unpopular in many parts of the world, organizers of the North American bid took pains to dissociate their efforts from politics.

BS: Not only gifts to potential voters but also the bidders offering to build a stadium in your country in exchange for your vote.

And for some serious players in this city, there's an outside shot they might even suit up for Team Canada.

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