Montreal expected to host World Cup games in 2026

Cesar Mills
June 14, 2018

The North America bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the vote of the FIFA Congress in Moscow which saw one member vote for "neither bid".

Canada will officially co-host 2026 FIFA World Cup matches. It received a significantly higher rating from Federation Internationale de Football Association than Morocco's bid, offered much more certainty in terms of venues and infrastructure and promised billions of dollars more in revenue.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino (R) poses for a picture with officials after the announcement, that the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada, during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia June 13, 2018. National-team base camps could also be held at local sites such as Loyola Maryland and Navy.

Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City are up for consideration in Mexico, while Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton are the Canadian cities that have been proposed.

Herdman, meanwhile, says hosting the event will be a "game changer" for Canadian soccer. More than 870,000 tickets were bought by Russians, nearly 90,000 by fans from the United States and over 72,500 by Brazilians.

Mexico's previous World Cups are widely regarded as two of the best ever, instantly evoking the magic of Pele and the 1970 Brazil team and the genius of Diego Maradona in the 1986 tournament won by Argentina.

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Toronto's mayor noted that Canada had little chance of hosting the worldwide soccer tournament on its own, but will now reap the benefits resulting from its participation in the joint bid. The African country planned to use 14 stadiums, nine of which had yet to be built with the other five due for renovation.

That's according to the US lawyer who represented a coalition of elite female players in an unsuccessful battle to play on natural grass at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada. "There is no doubt that World Cup 2026 will elevate the sport of soccer to entirely new levels and Major League Soccer is honored to be a part of this joyous day". Montreal city councillor Rosannie Filato said during a media scrum Wednesday at Centre Nutrilait, the Montreal Impact's training facility, that Montreal will host between three and six games.

Iveson said host cities need between about $30 to $50 million to cover transportation and security costs and other improvement, and that he is looking for provincial money to help support that bid.

Iran have qualified for back-to-back World Cups for the first time and will be heading to their fifth World Cup finals. We've also got another fanatical soccer city in Portland 170 miles south, but more than anything, Seattle sports fan recognize the magnitude of the moment.

Herdman, whose team is now tied with Lebanon at No. 79 in the world rankings, has yet to hear whether the three co-hosts will secure automatic qualification as is the norm.

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