Edmonton aiming to make final cut as 2026 World Cup host city

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The United States will be joined by Canada and Mexico in hosting the 2026 World Cup, FIFA has announced.

The joint North American bid defeated their north African rival by a margin of 69 votes, 134 to 65, to win the right to organise the first World Cup to be expanded to 48 teams.

Most African nations were upset about fellow nations from their continent voting for America's United bid.

Trump signed letters to FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressing confidence that World Cup delegations and fans would be welcomed for the tournament.

The 2026 World Cup is to be the first to feature 48 teams, compared to the 32 that are to compete in Russian Federation and Qatar.

The system was pushed through by former FIFA President Sepp Blatter in response to South Africa's narrow defeat to stage the 2006 World Cup, which Germany won.

Being the host country in the World Cup has its perks, in both the ease of their group and home field advantage.

Three Canadian venues will be part of this: Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto.

World Cup 2026: Edmonton likely to host matches, as North America wins bid
U.S., Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

With the successful bid, the men's World Cup will be coming to Canada for the first time.

The majority of the 80 matches in the North American bid would be played in the United States, who hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

One example of that growth is in Nashville, one of the 17 finalist America host cities for the 2026 World Cup.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted after the victory: "Congratulations, - a great deal of hard work!" Kraft is also owner of the NFL's New england Patriots.

Miami and Orlando are among the 23 cities in the running to host matches, and Hard Rock Stadium - built for soccer and known as a host to sold-out global matches - is expected to be selected.

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Highlights of the bid included promising $11 billion in profit on more than $14 billion in revenue and an already strong infrastructure for hosting. All teams have qualified for the tournament and these teams are required to register a squad of 23 players, which includes three goalkeepers.

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