It marks the first time the World Cup will be held in more than one country since 2002, when South Korea and Japan shared hosting duties. Canadian soccer player Sophie Schmidt played in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and hopes Edmonton will host some games in 2026.
The Associated Press reports that FIFA's member associations voted 134 to 65, with one no-vote, Wednesday in favour of the joint North American bid by Canada, the USA and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup men's soccer tournament over that of Morocco.
All of these on their own are excellent reasons why hopefully we can persuade the 24 voters on the Fifa Executive Committee in December to award England this great prize.
It is the first game of the World Cup and is scheduled for a 4pm BST kick off.
"I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country to continue to work for football and realise one day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante and Toronto Mayor John Tory both retweeted of a video of North American representatives reacting to the success of the united bid Wednesday.
"FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk". The preliminary bid book submitted by the organizers anticipates 10 American cities at hosts.
Hosting World Cups and Olympic Games is openly a politicians' prestige-burnishing project now, not only for Russia's president Vladimir Putin or Qatar's Emir, seeking soft power from hosting in 2022. The handsome game transcends borders and cultures. The United States will host the remaining 60, including the final. "Football today is the only victor".
"And in that spirit we wish all Russian hosts and all the teams competing here the very best of luck". The United States is likely to have 10 cities selected to host games, while Mexico and Canada are expected to each have three. The country's hopes of becoming the second African country to host the cup after South Africa in 2010 hit a bump last week when a Federation Internationale de Football Association task force scored the bid 2.7 out of 5 following an inspection.
FIFA's official list for the 2018 World Cup showed nine of the 32 teams chose base camps separate from any of the tournament venues, some of them in cities with fewer than 100,000 residents. There was no professional league, numerous national team players came from New Jersey and California, watching live professional games from Europe was almost impossible, and the World Cup ratings from 1990 in Italy were miniscule.