FIFA set a brand new goal Tuesday of finalizing North American host cities for the 2026 World Cup — if the coronavirus pandemic permits.
The 23 candidate cities probably should be minimize to 16. FIFA stated it may verify them on the finish of the the 12 months.
The pre-pandemic schedule referred to as for cities internet hosting the primary 48-team World Cup — probably 10 within the United States and three every in Canada and Mexico — to be picked early this 12 months. The new deadline will rely on FIFA officers with the ability to take inspection journeys to 17 cities within the United States and three every in Canada and Mexico.
“The visits will only take place if the health and safety situation in the host countries allows FIFA to do so,” the governing physique stated in an announcement.
Most of the venues within the United States will likely be NFL stadiums, with the house of the New York Giants and New York Jets anticipated to host the ultimate on July 12, 2026.
“Realizing the commercial potential of each venue, as well as in terms of sustainability, human rights and event legacy, is of the utmost importance,” FIFA stated.
The first World Cup with 48 groups may have 80 video games as an alternative of the present 64.
The proposal was to play 60 video games within the United States and 10 every in Canada and Mexico when the bid contest was gained in 2018.