Canadian politicians welcome opportunity to host World Cup games

Canadian politicians welcome opportunity to host World Cup games

Canadian politicians welcome opportunity to host World Cup games

The city has a chance to host warm-up friendly matches and perhaps other events ahead of the global soccer competition, which returns to the United States for the first time since 1994.

Major League Soccer released the following statement: "The decision to host World Cup 2026 in Canada, Mexico and the United States is a testament to our three nations coming together for the United Bid, and a monumental step in our collective mission to further advance the game of soccer in North America".

Jose Mourinho says the Russian team will be under "huge pressure" when they open their home World Cup against Saudi Arabia in Moscow on Thursday, but has backed the hosts to come away with a win.

The total attendance of 3.6 million spectators remains a record for a World Cup, despite the later expansion in size of the tournament from 24 teams to 32 in 1998.

The United Bid was endorsed by David Beckham and there will be 16 host cities across North America with the USA holding ten of the 16, while Mexico and Canada will have three each.

Morocco secured 65 votes, with the one remaining going to "none of the bids".

Federation Internationale de Football Association insists that contracts with host cities contain a provision they be governed under Swiss law and give Federation Internationale de Football Association the ability to modify agreements at any time.

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 big question right now is what kind of impact the 2026 World Cup will have in the United States?

For all that Seattle has done to grow the game in the US, this soccer-crazed city deserves to host in the World Cup. The tournament has been jointly hosted only once before, by Japan and Korea in 2002.

"Hosting a FIFA World Cup™ is an extraordinary honor and privilege", said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid.

This will lead to varying temperatures and conditions, depending on where games are played.

The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside NY - home of the NFL's Giants and Jets - is proposed for the final.

The opening match will be held in the presence of sports leaders and officials of the countries participating in the World Cup, apart from 80,000 spectators.

"We are set up to do exactly that - host groups and teams here - and would love to be involved if the opportunity arose", Robertson said.

Toronto's mayor noted that Canada had little chance of hosting the worldwide soccer tournament on its own, but will now reap the benefits resulting from its participation in the joint bid.

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