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The 2026 World Cup will be played in North America

14 Juin 2018

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.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman headed to Moscow on Thursday to attend the opening of Russia's World Cup 2018.

Canada, along with the United States and Mexico, is part of the United Bid, trying to bring the World Cup back to North America for the first time since 1994.

Upon being awarded with the World Cup, the United 2026 organizing committee unveiled 23 finalists to be among the 16 host cities.

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

Los Angeles is practically a lock to be a World Cup host city, and while the Inglewood stadium will be newer, the 92,000-seat Rose Bowl is the stadium in consideration.

The United bid also has a massive edge when it comes to the all-mighty dollar - a key factor considering Federation Internationale de Football Association uses the world showcase to bankroll its operations.

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.

But which cities and stadiums will host games at the tournament is still being determined.

The win also gives Canadian national team an automatic berth into the 2026 tournament.

Canada hosted the 24-team FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015, as well as the Under-20 World Cup in 2007.

Canada and the United States did not qualify for the tournament.

The Moroccans, on the other hand, would have had to build nearly all of the 14 stadiums necessary to host the new mega 48-team World Cup in 2026 from scratch.

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".

"We were very hopeful but, at the end of the day, if you lose a certain number of votes from your own continent, and from some of our Arab brothers, who flipped coins, then you have no chance", said Morocco bid ambassador Daniel Amokachi.

The city has yet to greenlight a Winter Games bid, but a bid corporation - Calgary 2026 - is up and running as of this week.

British Columbia's government is standing by a decision that will leave the province on the sidelines when the World Cup comes to Canada in 2026.

The 2026 World Cup will be played in North America