The "United" bid from North America went in as the front-runner after inspectors gave it a score of 4 out of 5 in terms of the countries' ability and readiness to organize an excellent tournament.
The United bid's plan called for each country to host one game on the tournament's opening day, with the "main" opening match to be in either Mexico City or Los Angeles.
Venues for the 2026 World Cup, which is slated to be the first WC to feature 48 teams, will be chosen from 23 stadiums that now exist or are already under construction. National-team base camps could also be held at local sites such as Loyola Maryland and Navy. "The merits of the bid, we feel we have a compelling proposal". It will be the first time since 1994 that the US will have hosted the monthlong soccer extravaganza, and will come two years before Los Angeles welcomes back the 2028 Summer Olympics.
Hasseltine said Monday that the focus of Baltimore's bid committee would now turn to tying up "any loose ends", from potential practice venues to the creation of green spaces in the city.
"But I think where it had the advantage was the World Cup would be more profitable in America and it is a capitalist world".
Herdman, meanwhile, says hosting the event will be a "game changer" for Canadian soccer. So between selling us getting involved, it's also: "What can we set as the footprint to leave a better Baltimore after the event's gone?"
The 2015 Women's World Cup was played on artificial turf, prompting a human rights complaint from a group of elite female players.
That, along with the promise of major revenues from North American sponsors and television networks, was appealing to Federation Internationale de Football Association, an organization that has been beset by global corruption scandals, concerns over exorbitant costs related to previous tournaments, and allegations of widespread labor and human rights abuses around the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Those cities won't be announced until 2020, but Kansas City could be one of them.
Canada will host men's World Cup matches for the first time.
The 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams playing a total of 80 games - 60 are planned in the USA and 10 each in Canada and Mexico.
This will be the first time that Canada will host the tournament.
The World Cup final will be played in New Jersey's Metlife Stadium, which holds around 85,000. That's the spirit of the World Cup.
Because it is co-hosting with two other countries, it is not yet clear if Canada will get the traditional automatic host-country qualification for the 2026 tournament.
Before the World Cup was a real possibility for the city, $200 million had already been pledged by the provincial government to replace the roof on the Big O, Filato said. The finalists will still play seven games.