Soccer-Where is World Cup 2026 being held?
(Reuters) - Here is what you need to know about the 2026 FIFA World Cup:
WHERE WILL THE 2026 WORLD CUP TAKE PLACE? * The 2026 edition of the World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico, marking the first time the tournament will be shared by three different countries.Canada has produced an Olympic gold medal-winning women's team, but the men's side lagged behind their peers until manager John Herdman took the reins in 2018.Tunisia were roared on by their sizeable following in the 42,925 crowd, whose deafening whistles and roars gave energy to their side and helped secure what had seemed an unlikely point before kickoff, despite the fact they are unbeaten in nine of their last 10 internationals.The pressure is on as Brazil aim for a record extending sixth title with a squad loaded with talent but full of young players, with 16 of them making their World Cup debut.
* The United States will host games in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami and New York/New Jersey.* Mexico will stage matches in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey."The biggest difference and what got the ball rolling was the Americans being awarded the World Cup in 1994," Lenarduzzi told Reuters.* Canada will host games in Vancouver and Toronto."There was a period when we got into it but we were never calm and comfortable, that came later in the game.WHEN WILL THE 2026 WORLD CUP TAKE PLACE? * FIFA is yet to announce the exact dates for the tournament.The advent of MLS (Major League Soccer) has given way more opportunities for players to play.* The World Cup will return to its regular slot of June and July in 2026, after organisers opted to host the 2022 edition in November and December due to summer weather conditions in Qatar - where temperatures exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).Tite's background as a defensive coach means there has been much speculation over his team selection for the match against Serbia, with the biggest question mark surrounding Vinicius Jr.
HOW MANY TEAMS WILL FEATURE IN THE 2026 WORLD CUP? * It will be the first time 48 teams will feature in the tournament, an increase from the 32 that are contesting this year's event in Qatar.The proper infrastructure and expertise are now available in Canada.We are underway with the tournament, but our heads would have been a little higher with a better result.HAVE THE HOST COUNTRIES PREVIOUSLY STAGED A WORLD CUP? * Mexico has staged the World Cup twice before, in 1970 and 1986, and will become the first country to have hosted the tournament on three occasions.* The United States has hosted the tournament once, in 1994."That has made world soccer visible in Canada," he told Reuters.* Canada has never staged a men's World Cup, but hosted the women's edition in 2015.Tunisia, who this week had spoken of their pride at qualifying for World Cup in an Arab country, were fired up from the first whistle, celebrating each tackle like a goal, and had two excellent chances to open the scoring.WHICH OTHER COUNTRIES WERE IN THE RUNNING TO HOST THE 2026 WORLD CUP? * The other candidate to host the 2026 World Cup was Morocco." Canada are in a tough group with second-ranked Belgium as well as 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia and Morocco, who were unbeaten in African qualifying.They arrive at the World Cup full of confidence after finishing top of their Nations League group, sealing promotion to top-tier League A with a 2-0 away win over Norway with goals from strike duo Dusan Vlahovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
* The tri-nation bid was chosen following a vote by FIFA's congress in 2018, after it collected 134 votes to 65 for Morocco.* Morocco's failed bid was their fifth unsuccessful attempt at securing hosting rights for a World Cup.But Lenarduzzi believes Canadian men's soccer is here to stay.In the context of the game, both might look at it as two points dropped, but Tunisia will certainly be the happier given the low level of expectation place on them – from outside their camp at least - going into the tournament.(Compiled by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford) Article type: free.
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