Jacksonville could see 2026 impact from World Cup vote

Mindy Sparks
June 14, 2018

After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States made a decision to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017.

The FIFA congress announced Wednesday it had selected Canada, the United States and Mexico to host the tournament.

When Carlos Cordeiro left the stage after the United Bid made its final pitch to voters at the Federation Internationale de Football Association congress on Wednesday morning in Moscow, the U.S. Soccer president was plenty confident that the United States, Canada and Mexico would win the rights to host the 2026 World Cup. The failed circuit was born out of the excitement of Canada's lone World Cup appearance in 1986, but the CPL has taken the reverse approach by kicking off seven years ahead of the 2026 tournament, with the opportunity to help shape the program ahead of its hosting duties an exciting one.

England goalkeeper Gordon Banks is another World Cup victor, one who represented the Three Lions when they won the tournament in 1966.

"I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country to continue to work for football and realise one day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".

A successful North American bid would likely also give the Canadian national team an automatic berth into the 2026 tournament.

"FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk".


Hosts Russia will hope to get their tournament off to a strong start with a win over Saudi Arabia.

The Olympic Stadium, as well as 10 of the other stadiums being considered across North America, have artificial surfaces.

And given that the 2026 tournament will be the first to host 48 teams-16 more than traditionally, infrastructure was a crucial factor.

"What can really be the legacy, whether we host matches or are just involved with this in some other grand scheme, that can make sure that Baltimore and the state of Maryland have maximized the potential of being a part of the World Cup?". The attractive game transcends borders and cultures.

The vote was conducted on the eve of the 2018 World Cup, which is scheduled to kick off Thursday in host nation Russian Federation. "Football today is the only victor".

"We can focus on the game". Teams are expected to arrive at least five days before their first World Cup game and would remain at least throughout the group stage, except for the dates immediately before and after match days.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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