Local leaders react to North America’s winning bid for 2026 World Cup

Since the US first hosted the World Cup in 1994 (Denver wasn't one of the host cities), it has been in France, South Korea and Japan (joint-bid), Germany, South Africa and Brazil, with the Russia World Cup beginning on Thursday.

Cordeiro claimed the 2026 World Cup will generate $14 billion in revenue - that is an $11 billion profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association. The current format has 32 teams, split into eight groups of four, with the top two teams in each group progressing to the round-of-16 knockout stage. Like Canada, Japan had previously qualified for only one World Cup.

"If you stop and appreciate for a second just the vast number of assurances, guarantees that we had to get from all three governments working together, that is a massive undertaking for one nation, let alone three nations", Cordeiro said after the vote by the Congress of world soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association in Moscow, where the 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday. The U.S. will join France, Germany, Brazil, and Italy as nations to host the cup twice, while this will be a record third time for Mexico. The U.S. proposed to host 60 out of the 80 matches, leaving Canada and Mexico with 10 fixtures each.

The host team always qualifies for the tournament, but there are questions about whether or not all three countries will be given automatic berths.

Under Trump, relations between the United States, Canada and Mexico have plumbed new lows thanks to disputes in the renegotiation of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, a $1.1 trillion trade pact that ties the three countries' economies together and which Trump has said should be scrapped. An impressive 3.6m attended across the 52 matches, a figure that still stands. "But hopefully we can have the most successful World Cup of all time and it needs all people from all three of our countries". Morocco did not have a single one. The AT&T Stadium in Dallas, which can hold 92,000 spectators, is the largest, while the smallest is the 45,000-capacity BMO Field in Toronto.

The World Cup final will be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the home of National Football League teams the New York Giants and New York Jets.

Three countries have never shared the duties before.

There are four time zones across the United States, which means there are likely to be four separate kick-off times.

Shanks is gearing up for this year's tournament in Moscow, which will be broadcast in the U.S.by Fox Sports, and will take place in 11 cities across Russian Federation.

Not all of the cities included in the bid will be chosen for the final 16, with a refined list to be put forward around 2021, according to the bid's organizers. Trump threatened those who did not back the bid via Twitter - but he tweeted his delight at the outcome.

Trump's anti-immigrant policies and his desire to build a border wall between the United States of America and Mexico had risked the bidding process, both internally and externally. But even if he secures a second term, he will not be in office by 2026. It will be the same for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

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