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    World Cup 2026: USA, Canada and Mexico

    The 2026 World Cup has been awarded to the US, Canada and Mexico - 16 cities (10 USA, 3 Mexico, 3 Canada), with the final being played in New York.

    I've no problem with the US hosting a World Cup - they were given a raw deal losing out to the bung-Qataris last time around, but 3 host nations (meaning 3 automatic qualifications from the second weakest conference in the world)?

    FIFA members voted for it overwhelmingly, with Morocco being the contender.


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    Looking forward to this one, the US has some of the best stadia in the world. I suspect when it all comes round we'll also be grateful for the first Summer world cup in eight years.

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    Good choice. Nice to have Canada and Mexico involved too.

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    It would be great if Scotland qualify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diclonius View Post
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    Looking forward to this one, the US has some of the best stadia in the world. I suspect when it all comes round we'll also be grateful for the first Summer world cup in eight years.
    - some of their infrastructure is ridiculously good, and a few of the NFL teams have recently just invested significantly in new, stunning stadia. Canada also had a bit of a trial run hosting the last ladies World Cup, and it was a decent success.

    I've no problem with the geography - I just don't like the idea of 3 free passes to the most lucrative stage in world football.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylar View Post
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    - some of their infrastructure is ridiculously good, and a few of the NFL teams have recently just invested significantly in new, stunning stadia. Canada also had a bit of a trial run hosting the last ladies World Cup, and it was a decent success.

    I've no problem with the geography - I just don't like the idea of 3 free passes to the most lucrative stage in world football.
    FIFA have said it's unlikely they're going to accept single-country bids any more (more bribe money I guess), and in any case the WC is being expanded to 48 teams for this and subsequent tournaments.

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    I wonder if they would regionalise the location of groups.

    Quite expensive to try to follow a team round such a large space so quickly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diclonius View Post
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    FIFA have said it's unlikely they're going to accept single-country bids any more (more bribe money I guess), and in any case the WC is being expanded to 48 teams for this and subsequent tournaments.
    I thought they said this week they won't be extending the amount of teams in the final?

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    I thought they said this week they won't be extending the amount of teams in the final?
    In Qatar only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylar View Post
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    - some of their infrastructure is ridiculously good, and a few of the NFL teams have recently just invested significantly in new, stunning stadia. Canada also had a bit of a trial run hosting the last ladies World Cup, and it was a decent success.

    I've no problem with the geography - I just don't like the idea of 3 free passes to the most lucrative stage in world football.
    The new Atlanta stadium is the best stadium Iíve ever seen. Think itís the Mercedes Benz arena.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylar View Post
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    The 2026 World Cup has been awarded to the US, Canada and Mexico - 16 cities (10 USA, 3 Mexico, 3 Canada), with the final being played in New York.

    I've no problem with the US hosting a World Cup - they were given a raw deal losing out to the bung-Qataris last time around, but 3 host nations (meaning 3 automatic qualifications from the second weakest conference in the world

    FIFA members voted for it overwhelmingly, with Morocco being the contender.
    The joint bid offered twice as much in profit as the African one. Money talks. As it is meant to be a world tournament I would have preferred it went to Africa as it has already been held in two of the hosts countries already. Match times would probably be better as well. Finally Trump said he would remember the countries that didnít vote for them and take that into account in future deals. That is a good enough reason alone.

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    2.2 billion profit for the hosts, 8 billion profit for the crooks at Fifa, absolutely ******* sickening

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    🇺🇸, hope I will be around in 8 years to see.

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    On a big screen at the Hassayampa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbageandribs1875 View Post
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    2.2 billion profit for the hosts, 8 billion profit for the crooks at Fifa, absolutely ******* sickening
    Incredible will be all invested in football at grassroots level so all good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancient hibee View Post
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    On a big screen at the Hassayampa?

    In person, in California most likely. Possibly Denver if they host.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancient hibee View Post
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    On a big screen at the Hassayampa?
    Doubt the Hassayampa would show World Cup action, would have to drive to Phoenix for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
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    Good choice. Nice to have Canada and Mexico involved too.
    Yes its not as if Mexico have ever hosted a World Cup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimBHibees View Post
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    Incredible will be all invested in football at grassroots level so all good.
    Yes because the US Federation is squeeky clean!

    Chuck Blazer was only involved in racketeering, wire fraud, income tax evasion, and money laundering, after all.

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    A Scotland, Wales, Ireland and maybe England World Cup would be a great option now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
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    A Scotland, Wales, Ireland and maybe England World Cup would be a great option now.
    That is very true!

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    I believe the bulk of the games and quarterfinals on will be in the US, not to rain on our North American unity parade, but it is kind of the US' world cup with participation from friends as opposed to a triple host country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danhibees1875 View Post
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    I wonder if they would regionalise the location of groups.

    Quite expensive to try to follow a team round such a large space so quickly!
    America is pretty big without the other two.

    Getting from New York to LA is longer than Boston to Toronto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bristolhibby View Post
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    America is pretty big without the other two.

    Getting from New York to LA is longer than Boston to Toronto.

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    I know, significantly longer!

    I didn't mean to regionalise by country, just in the most logical way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danhibees1875 View Post
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    I know, significantly longer!

    I didn't mean to regionalise by country, just in the most logical way.
    Got it

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    Quote Originally Posted by calumhibee1 View Post
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    The new Atlanta stadium is the best stadium Iíve ever seen. Think itís the Mercedes Benz arena.
    Will be obsolete by 2026 and torn down for a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danhibees1875 View Post
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    I wonder if they would regionalise the location of groups.

    Quite expensive to try to follow a team round such a large space so quickly!
    Maybe host regions rather than host cities such as;

    Pac NW (Vanc, Portland, Seattle)
    California (LA and North)
    Texas
    Illinois and surrounding areas
    SE US (Atlanta, Nashville)
    Florida
    NE Corridor (DC to Boston)
    Toronto/Montreal
    Mexico City
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    San Diego/Tijuana

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    Good article in today's Guardian describing the format. Three-team groups will be new and a hark back to the second round format circa 1982.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZhibee View Post
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    I believe the bulk of the games and quarterfinals on will be in the US, not to rain on our North American unity parade, but it is kind of the US' world cup with participation from friends as opposed to a triple host country.
    We'll have the stadiums ready for when the teams coming from Mexicos groups arent allowed into the USA



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