Canadian politicians welcome opportunity to host World Cup games


Canadian politicians welcome opportunity to host World Cup games

Pablo Tucker
June 14, 2018

A total of 200 delegates representing every country registered with Federation Internationale de Football Association cast their vote, selecting the North American bid 134 to 65 over a bid from Morocco, with one voting for neither bid.

Edmonton is one step closer to hosting up to four FIFA World Cup matches in 2026, but there are no guarantees just yet.

It followed a campaign centered around record crowds, existing venues and a forecast revenue of $14.3 billion (£10.6 billion/€12.1 billion).

"FIFA will make the final selection of host cities and match locations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup from the 23 candidates proposed in the United Bid", MetLife Stadium said.

Chief among those is US President Donald Trump, whose "America First" approach might score well with his electoral base but may have made the United bid's task harder than it could ever have imagined.


Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are Canadian candidate host cities for the men's soccer showcase, expanded to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament.

Morocco, which has now failed in five bids to host the FIFA World Cup, said their tournament would make $5 billion.

An initial estimate for Calgary to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games was $4.6 billion, although financials, and what the taxpayers' share would be, continue to be crunched. So between selling us getting involved, it's also: "What can we set as the footprint to leave a better Baltimore after the event's gone?"

Samira Sitail, head of public broadcaster M2, tweeted: "The United States has a new state".

While Canada has never hosted-or even qualified for-the men's World Cup, it can count on its more experienced co-hosts and current NAFTA partners.


All that work helped pave the way for Wednesday's landslide victory, a resounding win for the United Bid and landmark moment for North American soccer.

While Portland is known for its tremendous support of soccer, the city doesn't have a stadium that would support the attendance numbers expected for a World Cup game.

Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from NY, said: "While the official name of the bid is United 2026, the three potential host nations are right now anything but united".

Two Florida cities were selected as potential host cities for some matches: Miami and Orlando. "Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World Cup™ in history". "We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the FIFA family have put in our bid; strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the CONCACAF region; and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come". But short of scoring a political own goal, the biggest sporting event in the world should be headed to the Emerald City in eight years.


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