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Infantino: 2026 World Cup could be joint-hosted by up to 'four countries'

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has made no secret his desire for a massively expanded World Cup, including hosting duties being shared by as many as four countries.

Infantino, who championed the now expanded 48-team World Cup starting in 2026, has stated that not only is he comfortable with the concept of a joint-hosted World Cup, but envisions as many as four countries joining their efforts to host at once.

Gulati says no decisions made on 2026 World Cup, joint bid with Mexico

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Votingfor the 2026 World Cup is still several years away, and Sunil Gulati says that U.S. Soccer remains unsure of how, and if, the federation will present themselves as potential hosts.

According to a recent ESPN report, John Motta, a U.S. Soccer board member, says the federation has been considering a joint bid with Mexico for the 2026 tournament, which will see the host nation determined in May 2020.

Report: Mexico finalizing 2026 World Cup bid

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If the United States does officially submit a bid for hosting rights tothe 2026 World Cup, it might very well have to do battle withits most bitter rival.

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) is putting the finishing touches ona bid to host that year's World Cup, according to a report from Mexico outlet Record.

FIFA to consider a proposal to expand 2026 World Cup to 40 teams

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FIFA is considering expanding the World Cup from 32 teams to 40 in 2026 and will discuss the proposal at a future meeting, with support particularly strong among Asian and African representatives. No formal agreement on the matter was reached at FIFA's Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, but ExCo member Wolfgang Niersbach said it will be discussed at a later date:

"No decision was taken on expanding the World Cup to 40 teams from 2026.

FIFA to consider a proposal to expand 2026 World Cup to 40 teams

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FIFA is considering expanding the World Cup from 32 teams to 40 in 2026 and will discuss the proposal at a future meeting, with support particularly strong among Asian and African representatives. No formal agreement on the matter was reached at FIFA's Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, but ExCo member Wolfgang Niersbach said it will be discussed at a later date:

"No decision was taken on expanding the World Cup to 40 teams from 2026.

Macclesfield Town Bid To Host 2026 World Cup – Offer Beer, Meat Pies And Free WIFI At Local Library

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By Chris Wright

Conference side Macclesfield Town have launched their bid to host the 2026 World Cup on the basis that it'stime FIFA gave the duties to a "sensible bidder".

It's not just flim-flam either, as the club have put together an in-depth itinerary of the tournament schedule, includingstadia, training facilities, climate information, media facilities, accommodation, and transport details.

CONCACAF working to land 2026 World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Having seen the United States lose out on hosting the 2022 World Cup, CONCACAF has set its sights on landing the 2026 edition of the tournament.

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb told reporters Tuesday that he believes it is only fair that a nation from his region is given the 2026 World Cup after missing out on a chance to host the upcoming tournaments in 2018 and 2022 because of FIFA's decision to do away with its rotational policy.

NTR: Mexico to bid for 2026 World Cup

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NTR: Mexico to bid for 2026 World Cup

Like Canada, it appears Mexico is also gearing up to bid for the 2026 World Cup. If they get it, Mexico would become the first nation to be awarded the games three times after having hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986.

Would you support a Mexican World Cup bid?

This Is Your Leader. His Name Is Sepp.

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Sepp ran unopposed. The only hopes were that one of the whiners (England, predominantly) would successfully toss a monkey wrench into the spokes of the FIFA wheel. However, England didn't realize those spokes were made of sharpened diamonds, likely blood diamonds (gore flick blood diamonds at that), supplied from the Belgian underground but rerouted through an unnamed Middle Eastern country.

Why A 2026 U.S. World Cup is Not A Slam Dunk

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In the wake of Thursday's loss to Qatar in maybe the only place U.S. soccer can lose to them (the FIFA boardroom), many American soccer fans tried to rally their spirits by immediately turning their focus to the 2026 World Cup process. An initial glance at the state of play right now for the World Cup suggests 2026 could be an even better opportunity for a United States World Cup than 2022.

A Few Things Right Quick

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Swamped today, but I wanted to get these things out there:

  • Yes, the USA got hosed on hosting the 2022 World Cup. It happens. Jeff Bradley nails it in that this wasn't going to be The Thing That's Going To Make Us (no one thing is). This is how the game works now, boys and girls.

Russia and Qatar get 2018 and 2022 World Cups

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Today the FIFA designated the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Why did the FIFA accelerate the process and award 2 World Cups at the same time, a first in World Cup history. I don't want to know about the underground dealings here, but several points come to mind :

  • How will teams train during the 2022 Qatar World Cup?

What happened to England’s World Cup bid?

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Six months ago England were odds on favourites to win the 2018 World Cup, yet they could only manage two votes from the FIFA executive committee and went out in the first round. The English press are already calling the vote a "Humiliation for England".

2018 VOTING
1st round: England 2 (eliminated), Netherlands-Belgium 4; Spain-Portugal 7; Russia 9
2nd round: Netherlands-Belgium 2; Spain-Portugal 7; Russia 13 (Russia obtain absolute majority)

To put England's two votes in perspective, the England bid chairman Geoff Thompson was one of the executive committee members choosing hosts for 2018 and 2022, which means that England attracted only one other supporter despite intense lobbying efforts by Prince William, Prime Minister David Cameron and David Beckham

Thompson, formerly the FA chairman for eight years, said promises to England had been broken.

On To 2026 For Now

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Someone better check Sepp's back pocket after this. (Getty Images)

I had a bad feeling when I woke up this morning. Not only was my head hurting from a sinus infection and my mind spinning from the cold medicine it was the gut feeling something rough was about to go down. Sure enough FIFA announced that Qatar, not the US, would be hosting the 2022 World Cup.

Future China Bid May Help US Bid In 2022

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China is no soccer super-power but they sure could be with a World Cup.

While FIFA won't decide who will host the 2026 World Cup (man that seems forever away doesn't it?) for a couple years, possibly more than that, one bid for that World Cup could decide the next two.

Simon Kuper, the soccer columnist of the Financial Times gave his leading candidates for the 2018 and 2022 bids today saying China would decide the winner of the 2022 bid, and that would be the US.

US to decide on World Cup 2018 bid

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The US Soccer Federation will decide by June 1 if they are going to make a bid on the 2018 World Cup. The Federation is currently exploring the requirements of such a bid.

If the US went forward with this bid, their biggest rival would obviously be England who has a number of major names backing them (Beckham, Blatter, Pele, Beckenbauer).

Uruguay and Argentina want to host the World Cup

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Back in 1930, Uruguay hosted the first ever World Cup and they want to do it again 100 years later. However, they realize that the current version of the finals is a bit too big for them to do it alone, so they have joined with neighbors Argentina for the right to host the 2030 World Cup.
AFA president Julio Grondona expressed his desire to help Uruguay host the event through a formally written letter that was sent to the AUF headquarters in Montevideo earlier on in the week.

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Gulati: U.S. 2026 World Cup bid 'secondary' to immigration ban

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Though confirming the potential for a 2026 U.S. World Cup bid was still in discussion and not yet decided, USSF president Sunil Gulati stated that any bid concerns were 'secondary' to the Trump administration's current immigration ban.

Among the myriad concerns originating from the immigration ban from several predominantly Muslim countries, a potential U.

Trump vote won’t affect US World Cup bid decision

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Columbus (AFP) The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States would not impact any decision the country may make to bid for the 2026 World Cup, US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said on Friday.

The US is considered favourite to host the tournament with the bidding process expected to get under way next year.

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FIFA announces rules for 2026 World Cup hosting bid process

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With the 2018 and 2022 World Cups firmly set for Russia and Qatar, 2026 is the next target for potential hosts, andthe chances of a USA World Cup received a big boost from the new guidelines set out for FIFA's new bid process.

The FIFA Council held meetings in Switzerland this week, and chief among the subjects covered was the process and guidelines that will determine the host the 2026 World Cup, guidelineswhich appear tobe very favorable for a U.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ranieri, 2026 World Cup, Liga MX and more

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One of the game's most popular managers is set to receive a contract extension amid international interest, while the future of the World Cup will be decided in October.

Leicester City isset to offer Claudio Ranieri a new contract, whileItalian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio wouldlike to see the current Foxes manager lead the Italian national team.

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The State of Canadian Soccer Defectors

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By Jared Mercer

Jonathan De Guzman representing the Netherlands under-20s

Halfway through the World Cup Qualifying campaign this year for Canada in the CONCACAF region has brought about the usual divisions amongst Canadians regarding the state of soccer in Canada.

NTR: Canada to bid for 2026 World Cup

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NTR: Canada to bid for 2026 World Cup

File this one under world soccer news...

It appears that our northern neighbors are looking to secure the 2026 World Cup for themselves. This is GREAT news for us and it's the reason why I bring it up here on Stumptown Footy.

First, some of you might be thinking that the USA should make another go of it in 2026.

2022 World Cup

Qatar Bid Presents Stadium Models

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The USA World Cup bid has a lot going for it. Stadiums in abundance. Infrastructure up to the task. The capacity to make enough money that even FIFA should drool at the possibilities. Aside from that pesky "just hosted in 1994" problem, there are no holes in the American bid. If FIFA chooses to go in another direction, it won't be because the United States isn't the best place to hold the 2022 World Cup.

The Chain Of 2018-2022-2026 World Cup Hosting Bids

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It's fairly absurd that the World Cup a full generation away from us in 2026 is critical for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting bids, but there's a chain reaction if China signals even a little more firmly that it will bid for the 2026 World Cup before FIFA's 24-man Executive Committee makes its determinations on 2018 and 2022 in December.

China Boosts American Position for 2022 World Cup

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More good news is emerging as the United States looks to bring the 2018 or 2022 World Cup home. China's Football Association has expressed interest in bidding for the 2026 World Cup. If the bid moves forward, China would be a strong candidate; FIFA would love to bring the world's biggest sporting event to the world's most populous nation.

China Boosts American Position for 2022 World Cup

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More good news is emerging as the United States looks to bring the 2018 or 2022 World Cup home. China's Football Association has expressed interest in bidding for the 2026 World Cup. If the bid moves forward, China would be a strong candidate; FIFA would love to bring the world's biggest sporting event to the world's most populous nation.

China’s 2026 World Cup Bid: Watch Out

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The news that China is likelyto bid to host the 2026 World Cup brings to mind a daunting number of points related to that possibility: a vast country still to be truly conquered by the game, lacking a strong domestic league, but one that (in raw television viewing numbers) already has a massive audience for the World Cup; the corruption seeped into the game in China; the politics of China; the poor performance of the Chinese national men's team; and much more.

The Rest

FIFA Sucks, Part Two

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"Football is not only about winning, football is also a school of life when you learn to lose," Sepp Blatter

No, I don't think so, Sepp. By the way, could you be any more arrogant and condescending?

I am not a big fan of passively accepting the outcome of an unfair situation.

Warner lobbies for Colombia to host 2026 World Cup

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CONCACAF president Jack Warner made headlines while he was in the South American nation inspecting the various venues that are planning on being used for next year's U-20 World Cup.

Outside of being his usual self, he did everything in his power to enamor the Colombian media. He masterfully mixed his diplomatic skills with Don King-like faux jingoism.