2026 World Cup

AFP

Africa football boss wants Europe to back Morocco World Cup bid

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Cairo (AFP) – The head of African football, Ahmad Ahmad, has urged Europe to back Morocco’s drive to host the 2026 World Cup, in return for African support for a future European bid.

In an exclusive interview with AFP, Ahmad Ahmad, the Confederation of African Football president, appealed to European self-interest, saying: “Vote for us and we’ll vote for you next time.

France set to back Morocco for 2026 World Cup

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Paris (AFP) – France is set to back Morocco in the north African country’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup, the president of the French Football Association said on Friday.

“FIFA are visiting Morocco this week to check if the pitches are ready and whether, on a technical level, Morocco can be a candidate.

France set to back Morocco for 2026 World Cup

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Paris (AFP) – France is set to back Morocco in the north African country’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup, the president of the French Football Association said on Friday.

“FIFA are visiting Morocco this week to check if the pitches are ready and whether, on a technical level, Morocco can be a candidate.

North America or North Africa – 2026 World Cup host revealed June 13

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Lausanne (AFP) – Hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup are set to be revealed on June 13, FIFA said Monday as it published bids from Morocco and a joint one from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The decision will be announced at a FIFA meeting in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup being held in Russia.

North America or North Africa – 2026 World Cup host revealed June 13

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Lausanne (AFP) – Hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup are set to be revealed on June 13, FIFA said Monday as it published bids from Morocco and a joint one from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The decision will be announced at a FIFA meeting in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup being held in Russia.

Morocco says ready to host WC 2026 in 14 stadiums

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Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) – Morocco on Saturday pushed its bid to host the 2026 World Cup in the name of Africa despite tough competition from a joint effort by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Two days after officially submitting Morocco’s bid book to FIFA, the head of the bid committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy outlined to the press the country’s readiness and determination to host the game.

Morocco says ready to host WC 2026 in 14 stadiums

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Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) – Morocco on Saturday pushed its bid to host the 2026 World Cup in the name of Africa despite tough competition from a joint effort by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Two days after officially submitting Morocco’s bid book to FIFA, the head of the bid committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy outlined to the press the country’s readiness and determination to host the game.

North America 2026 World Cup bid names 23 candidate cities

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The joint North American bid for the 2026 World Cup on Thursday unveiled 23 cities that have been chosen as potential venues for the tournament as officials prepared to submit their bid book to FIFA.

A statement from the United States-Canada-Mexico bid, which is seen as the front-runner for the expanded 48-team tournament, said FIFA will select up to 16 host cities from the 23 venues submitted.

North America 2026 World Cup bid names 23 candidate cities

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The joint North American bid for the 2026 World Cup on Thursday unveiled 23 cities that have been chosen as potential venues for the tournament as officials prepared to submit their bid book to FIFA.

A statement from the United States-Canada-Mexico bid, which is seen as the front-runner for the expanded 48-team tournament, said FIFA will select up to 16 host cities from the 23 venues submitted.

Blatter wishes Platini case would end, backs 2026 World Cup in Morocco

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Zurich (AFP) – Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Thursday that he is growing impatient with the corruption investigation which led to his and Michel Platini’s downfall.

Blatter said “nothing” had happened since September 2015, the date of the opening of proceedings against him for “corrupt management” stemming from the two million Swiss Franc (1.

Blatter wishes Platini case would end, backs 2026 World Cup in Morocco

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Zurich (AFP) – Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Thursday that he is growing impatient with the corruption investigation which led to his and Michel Platini’s downfall.

Blatter said “nothing” had happened since September 2015, the date of the opening of proceedings against him for “corrupt management” stemming from the two million Swiss Franc (1.

CONCACAF 2026 World Cup bid reshuffles leadership

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The joint Canada-Mexico-US bid for the 2026 World Cup announced a reshuffle of its leadership on Tuesday, emphasising diversity as they seek to woo voters at a key FIFA vote in just over three months’ time.

A statement on the “United 2026” bid website said the leaders of the US, Canada and Mexico federations would now serve as co-chairs of the bid, replacing former United States Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati, who steps down.

CONCACAF 2026 World Cup bid reshuffles leadership

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The joint Canada-Mexico-US bid for the 2026 World Cup announced a reshuffle of its leadership on Tuesday, emphasising diversity as they seek to woo voters at a key FIFA vote in just over three months’ time.

A statement on the “United 2026” bid website said the leaders of the US, Canada and Mexico federations would now serve as co-chairs of the bid, replacing former United States Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati, who steps down.

CONCACAF chief responds to Trump ‘shithole’ slur

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Miami (AFP) – The head of CONCACAF responded to Donald Trump’s “shithole” slur on Friday, emphasising the region’s embrace of diversity as it enters a key phase in its bid for the 2026 World Cup.

Victor Montagliani, the president of the confederation for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), took to Twitter to address Trump’s remarks, which have been branded as racist at home and abroad.

USA, Mexico, Canada World Cup bid is “positive message”: Infantino

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Dubai (AFP) – FIFA chief Gianni Infantino said Thursday the joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States for the 2026 World Cup sends a “positive message”.

Speaking at a sports business conference in Dubai, Infantino also admitted that the decision to award two World Cups simultaneously (Russia in 2018 and Qatar 2022) was a mistake.

USA, Mexico, Canada World Cup bid is “positive message”: Infantino

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Dubai (AFP) – FIFA chief Gianni Infantino said Thursday the joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States for the 2026 World Cup sends a “positive message”.

Speaking at a sports business conference in Dubai, Infantino also admitted that the decision to award two World Cups simultaneously (Russia in 2018 and Qatar 2022) was a mistake.

Morocco and USA/Canada/Mexico confirm 2026 bids

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Lausanne (AFP) – Morocco and the three-nation ticket of the United States, Mexico, and Canada formally confirmed their bids to host the 2026 World Cup on Thursday’s deadline.

That World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams, rather than the 32 who will compete in Russia next year and in Qatar in 2022.

Philadelphia Union

News Roundup: Union lose, MLS goal frenzy, and Morocco surprisingly unprepared

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Also- Serie A is interesting, US Soccer tries to fix the NCAA, coaching rumors, and ... Ken Tribbett?

News Roundup: Union lose, Steel Draw, Dempsey suspended (more), and NWSL is back

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Plus transfer rumor, bad weather, a fall to look forward to, and a Russian bear.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/14/18

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Union lose again, a preview for this weekend's MLS action, and South America back North America for the 2026 World Cup

Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union squander chances, lose 2-0 to Orlando City
The Lions got revenge and a clean sheet Friday night in Chester.

News Roundup: Union sleeper, Steel starts with a bang, and USMNT roster

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Plus FIFA wants honest bribes, Wondo going for the title, and DC finds somewhere even worse to play soccer.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/16/18

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Philadelphia Union News

Andre Blake called up for Jamaica friendly
The goalkeeper will be in training camp starting March 20th for the friendly against Antigua & Barbuda.

USMNT adds third summer friendly, will play Bolivia on May 28 in Chester
Who needs the World Cup?

News roundup: Sapong signs contract, Open Cup dates, Vancouver/Chicago out from World Cup

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Plus notes from Curtin's press conference, Bethlehem Steel sign Union youth player, does MLS promote flashier clubs, and more.

News roundup: USWNT raises SheBelieves Cup, Seattle & Toronto win in CCL, Salone FC joins UPSL

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Union transfer news, MLS Week 23 preview, and another bid joins the race for the 2026 World Cup: Brotherly Game Daily Links 8/12/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact
After one of their best wins of 2017, the Union face the Impact in a match with huge playoff implications.

The Union's transfer window passiveness was probably the right course of action
Which pairing would you rather have; a $394,000 Roland Alberg and a $518,000 Ilsinho, or a $65,000 Anthony Fontana and a $850,000 designated player?

FIFA

Seattle officially part of 2026 World Cup Bid Book

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List of cities would still need to be pared down if bid is successful.

There's still quite a bit of work to do before games are actually played, but Seattle is one big step closer to hosting games if — and that's an increasingly big "if" — the United States, Canada and Mexico win the right to host the 2026 World Cup.

Sepp Blatter endorses Morocco's bid to host 2026 World Cup

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has spoken up about the 2026 World Cup.

Blatter, who is serving a ban from all football related activities for various counts of bribery, endorsed Morocco's efforts to host the first 48 team World Cup in 2026 on his personal Twitter account on Thursday, saying "it is time for Africa again!

Unified 2026 World Cup bid targeting 15-18 cities as bid process continues

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There are roughly three months remaining before the unified 2026 World Cup bid is officially submitted by the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Throughout those three months, the bid team will have to dot plenty of I's and cross a series of T's, but there are still some big decisions to be made in the years to come.

FIFA sets the stage for the 2026 World Cup

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On Tuesday, FIFA released the Guide to the Bidding Process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. That's the official title for the document that walks potential bidders through the requirements and expectations for staging the tournament. We already know that there are two bidders, a three-country North American bid and Morocco.

LAFC

News Roundup: Happy Holidays from the Union, Kaká retires, Morgan wins CONCACAF award, and Premier League records

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Also; Sorber to LAFC, questions remain for Miami, Pulisic being a boss, and petty revenge in Italy.

Around The Forest: Host Cities make their bid for the 2026 World Cup

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Chara and Valeri leading the way, Coutinho still not in the squad, LAFC drop more renderings and more!

Portland:

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For the last time this season, the Portland Timbers will head to the East Coast as the club will take on New York City FC on Saturday at Yankee Stadium (2:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).

U.S. Soccer

United Bid Committee narrows list of potential 2026 World cup hosts to 32 cities

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There are still several years left before the ball officially starts rolling for the 2026 World Cup, but the North American tournament bid is already starting to develop its shape.

On Wednesday, the United Bid Committee unveiled a list of the 32 cities across North America that can potentially serve as official host cities for the much-anticipated tournament.

41 cities across North America bid for to serve as host cities for 2026 World Cup

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The united North American trio bid is starting to take shape.

On Thursday, 41 cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada officially submitted bids to serve as Official Host Cities for the North American pending bid of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Of which, the United Bid Committee (UBC) will trim down to shortlist of cities later this fall.

Moggio: 2026 World Cup in North America can showcase 'unified region'

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Apr 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montaglian, left United States Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, center and, Mexican Football Federation president Decio de Maria, center hold the agreement at a press conference at World Trade Center. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

For CONCACAF secretary generalPhilippe Moggio, the proposed 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico, and Canada can showcase a "diversified, unified region.

Gulati: U.S, Mexico, Canada 'prepared' for World Cup bidding process in wake of Morocco competition

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On FIFA's deadline for competing bids, North America has moved one step closer to hosting the 2026 World Cup, even if there is a new competitor in the fold.

As expected, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced their official bid to formally going the competition of hosting the 2026 World Cup on American, Mexican and Canadian soil.

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Jan 23, 2018

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It's Day 23 of 2018.


Former FIFA World Player Of The Year George Weah was sworn in as president of Liberia yesterday.

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Freddy Adu is getting a try out with USL team Las Vegas Lights.

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North America bid for 2026 World Cup has every conceivable amenity ready to go.

Resolutions for the American soccer fan

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 2, 2018) US Soccer Players – How many of you have stuck to your New Year's resolutions? Just a few days into 2018 and certainly some of you have already cheated. Have you already taken a puff of that cigarette you swore off? Is that gym membership card still going unused?

REPORT: Sunil Gulati will not run for another term as US Soccer president

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Sunil Gulati announced through an interview with ESPN's Sam Borden that he will not run for another term in the upcoming US Soccer Federation presidential election. Gulati was eligible for one more four-year term under the US Soccer Federation's term limits. He became US Soccer president in 2006 and was twice re-elected unopposed.

Major Link Soccer: Sebastian Giovinco had a bad feeling about MLS Cup

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CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and U17 World Cup preview

Seattle

Even though it's been almost ten months since the Sounders won MLS Cup, it's always nice to talk about the historic win. Apparently, Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco had a feeling Toronto would lose to Seattle.

Seattle is one step closer to hosting a match during the 2026 World Cup.

2026 World Cup potential venues include Washington and Baltimore

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The 2026 World Cup might be coming to the DMV

US Soccer announced today the first round of cities and stadia being surveyed for potential inclusion in the 2026 World Cup bid; if the cities respond to US Soccer's Request for Information, they will be included in the evaluation process as the US, Canada, and Mexico work towards submitting their joint bid.