A total of 80 games will be played with 60 planned in the United States and 10 each in Canada and Mexico with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to National Football League teams New York Giants and New York Jets. That isn’t set in stone, however.
There will be 16 host cities split between the United States (10), Canada (three), and Mexico (three). There was no professional league, numerous national team players came from New Jersey and California, watching live professional games from Europe was almost impossible, and the World Cup ratings from 1990 in Italy were miniscule. Former U-17 national coach Sean Fleming tells CBC News much has changed in Canadian soccer since the dismal World Cup showing in 1986.
How many teams will participate? The vote marks the first time that Federation Internationale de Football Association has accepted a three-nation bid for the soccer championship. Then the remaining four teams will play, with the winners securing the final two spots in the tournament.
For a 48-team competition spread across the North American continent, the number of tune-up matches in the United States would likely increase significantly. “Morocco 2026 congratulates United 2026 for their victory and we wish them well”, the country tweeted via their official campaign account.
FIFA’s hosting selection process was revamped in the wake of recent scandals enveloping the world governing body of soccer.
“It will be a tough decision”, he says.
The congress was presided over by Fifa’s head Gianni Infantino while it was opened by Russian president Vladimir Putin, who received a standing ovation from attendees at Moscow’s Expocentre.
Three cities on the West Coast were chosen as potential host sites for the 2026 World Cup: Seattle, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Martinez, who now plays in a high school-level training program in Edmonton, also has World Cup fever, but he’s not sure whether he’d prefer to play for Canada or Mexico.
One has to think all three will receive an automatic pass into the tournament.
Field dimensions smaller than FIFA’s standard for World Cup matches, Catlett said, were the chief obstacles.
Vancouver, which hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup final, will watch from the sidelines after the B.C. government cited concerns over the possible costs of being a host city.
She believes the city, and the Olympic Stadium, will be ready for the tournament, due in part to financial guarantees from the federal government.
Teams could schedule friendly matches at TIAA Bank Field in the weeks of preparation leading up to the World Cup.