Fun facts about FIFA World Cup every football fan should know

Fun facts about FIFA World Cup every football fan should know

"Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World CupTM in history". Although of no legal force, the letters were used in lobbying by the U.S. Soccer Federation as the North American bid competed against Morocco's. "People have a soft spot for Mexico, especially looking at Mexico as a little bit under-developed and giving them a chance".

2026 will mark the first year of an expanded 48-team World Cup format. The World Cup's final match will take place at the very same venue on July 15.

The United States disappointingly failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, ending its streak of seven consecutive tournament appearances.

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

The U.S. previously hosted the World Cup in 1994.

Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto are in the running to be host cities for soccer's showcase tournament with Federation Internationale de Football Association to make the final decision on locations in 2020.

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The winning bid, which should feature 60 out of 80 Games in the United States, will mark the return of football's showpiece event to North American soil for the first time since 1994. The preliminary bid book submitted by the organizers anticipates 10 American cities at hosts. Yet he didn't lose hope, saying, "The world still looks at Africa as an underdog, but we can't afford to give up".

An FA spokesperson said: "We congratulate the USA, Canada and Mexico on winning the bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup".

Iveson says host cities need to show they have between $30 million and $50 million to cover infrastructure, security and transportation costs.

Nashville was chosen alongside 22 other cities across the three countries to host potential games and training sites for the tournament.

This new format will have 16 more teams, and 16 more games to enjoy taking the total from 64 to 80 games. 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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