Edmonton likely to host matches, as North America wins bid

Edmonton likely to host matches, as North America wins bid

The combined North American bid of the United States, Mexico and Canada was awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday, moving Baltimore one step closer toward possibly hosting a match in the quadrennial soccer competition.

The FIFA Congress held its annual meeting the day before the start of the World Cup to vote on whether the US -led bid or the Morocco bid will get to host the soccer tournament. The "United" bid from North America went in as the front-runner after inspectors gave it a score of 4 out of 5 in terms of the countries' ability and readiness to organize an excellent tournament.

While host nations have traditionally been granted automatic qualification for the World Cup, the decision to give automatic berths to Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will be made by the FIFA Council in the future along with details for the rest of the qualifying process in the rest of the world.

Many in the worldwide community viewed this decision as a reflection of how far Federation Internationale de Football Association has come after years of scandal and widespread corruption, some of which was tied to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding processes.

While the USA and Mexico have become World Cup mainstays throughout the tournament's past, this is particularly pertinent for Canada - who has appeared in just one World Cup (1986).

In 2010, the US was a finalist to host the 2020 World Cup but lost to Qatar in a vote that was later discredited - but not reversed - because of widespread corruption in FIFA's ranks.

Five times they have bid, and five times they have been overlooked - Morocco are perhaps destined to never host a World Cup.

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The France global - who has spent three seasons with Monaco since arriving from Caen - is in Russian Federation for the World Cup.

The VAR will be overseen remotely from a control room in Moscow throughout the tournament and, in a bid to control sweat levels, FIFA is insisting they forgo civilian suits and ties in favour of football shirts and shorts.

The two rivals bids each got 15 minutes to make one last pitch Wednesday, with the North American bid going first.

The United States was defeated in the final round of voting to determine the 2022 World Cup host. Morocco's bid, for example, received vocal support from France and a large contingent of Middle Eastern and North African nations. The U.S. hosted in 1994.

Canada's only appearance at the World Cup came in 1986 when it loss all three of its games and crashed out in the first round.

The 2026 installment will see the World Cup expand from 32 to 46 teams with the bloated format seeing a total of 80 games take place.

"We cast our vote for the "United" bid as we believe the independent technical assessment made its advantages very clear".

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