2026 FIFA World Cup Hosts

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5:10 PM - Apr 15, 2017 #1

Who has your hypothetical vote?

Total votes: 6
1(17%)
5(83%)

Poll ended at 1:00 PM - Jun 12, 2018

In one rather lopsided announcement, the process for deciding the 2026 World Cup Hosts has begun with USA/Mexico/Canada throwing their collective hat into the ring, on a proposed 60/10/10 split of matches. Then in a mixture of learning everything and nothing at the same time, have motioned FIFA to fast-track their bid before any competitors emerge.
Of course that effort will probably be the favourite, but potential competitors looking to take up the challenge include Colombia, Australia/New Zealand, and most notably Morocco (a.k.a. "Africa's Turkey"). Morocco will aim enter with either their 5th solo attempt, or use the USA's method of bringing in backup. So far their rumoured bidding partners should they choose any include any or all of Spain, Portugal, and (probably the strangest of all three) Ivory Coast...
Last edited by mattsanger92 on 1:00 PM - Apr 05, 2018, edited 2 times in total.
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1:48 PM - May 17, 2017 #2

So I may have jumped the gun in assuming what they meant by 'fast-track', the USA/Mexico/Canada bid just wanted to bring the decision date forward to 2018, which the FIFA Congress agreed to. Still a bit cheeky but not as bad as if they were just automatically given the hosting rights at the congress.
Which leaves potential bidders [checks watch] exactly 3 months to submit their interest, right now the only competitors being the above-mentioned favourites and of course the Macclesfield bid...
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3:26 PM - May 17, 2017 #3

There's nothing worse than a spelling mistake in a tongue-in-cheek document.
"Congelton" 
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2:32 PM - May 18, 2017 #4

TheRoonBa wrote:
There's nothing worse than a spelling mistake in a tongue-in-cheek document.
Yes, I think I spotted one in the Labour manifesto (most likely Diane Abbott's fault).
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3:53 PM - Aug 11, 2017 #5

They left it till deadline day, but Morocco have finally thrown their fez into the ring as a solo bidder.

Unless there's some surprise entry in the next 3 hours this'll be a straight fight between Morroco v5.0 and the USA/Mexico/Canada hybrid. And of course Macclesfield...
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4:12 PM - Aug 11, 2017 #6

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Leeds-Bradford-Wakefield joint bid to come through.
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5:51 PM - Aug 11, 2017 #7

They did send a bid, but missed the deadline because they used a second class stamp to save money.
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9:53 AM - Aug 16, 2017 #8

The 🇺🇸/🇲🇽/🇨🇦 bid is getting right into it, now released their list of candidates for host cities.

Mexico really not playing around with theirs, with 10 matches planned for them it's safe to assume all 3 venues will get in (4 for Mexico City + 3 each for the others?).

Canada a bit more open at the moment, probably need to pick 3 from those 9 stadiums (in 7 cities) if they keep it in line with Mexico's. Favourites probably the obvious of Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, but maybe they'll surprise us or stretch their allocation to more places.

As for the USA... 'kinell lads. I'd definitely be the type to welcome as many potential venues as possible and make a tough final decision, but that list's looking a tad overpacked even for my liking, 37 stadiums in 34 cities 'metropolitan areas'.

Apparently they want to whittle their final bid document (including the other countries) down to 20-25 cities, and possibly down to as little as 12 for the final cut. Taking off the (probably 6) Canadian and Mexican venues, this means that around 6-19 venues would be used in the tournament for America's 60 matches (probably going to be near the upper end of that scale).

As for actual cities I'd most like to see make the final cut, Las Vegas (because Vegas, also their new stadium), Denver, and most importantly Green Bay. Not only for the chance to have football played on american football's most sacred field (reckon it'll end up in better condition than how the NFL leaves Wembley each year), but it's probably the closest the American part of the bid has to a Lens/Cuiaba/Polokwane/Kaiserslautern/Saransk/[insert other small or little-known city put on the big international stage].
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8:52 AM - Aug 17, 2017 #9

Ah, Green Bay, the toilet paper capital of the world. It's quite interesting to note that while the first modern toilet paper was produced there in 1902, it wasn't until 1935 that it was advertised as "splinter-free".
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11:59 AM - Aug 17, 2017 #10

Also a mass exporter of novelty dairy-themed headwear...
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4:54 PM - Sep 08, 2017 #11

Alas, poor tundra. Also San Diego and Calgary, the 'shortlist' is down to 46 venues...

Not sure if I'm reading this wrong but Morocco potentially building up their hosting credentials with a joint bid with Rwanda for the 2019 U-17 World Cup? They did have those Ivory Coast rumours for their current bid...
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3:30 PM - Jan 23, 2018 #12

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4:05 PM - Jan 23, 2018 #13

"insert more credits"
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4:29 PM - Jan 24, 2018 #14

I wonder if there will be any venues in Western Sahara in the Morocco bid?
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4:30 PM - Jan 24, 2018 #15

Perhaps Gibraltar can get a look in.
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4:52 PM - Jan 24, 2018 #16

TheRoonBa wrote:I wonder if there will be any venues in Western Sahara in the Morocco bid?
According to this they're considering Laayoune as a host city.
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5:31 PM - Jan 24, 2018 #17

Given that the EU does not recognise Morocco's sovereignty over Western Sahara, this could cause problems...
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2:17 AM - Jan 25, 2018 #18

a lot of African countries do not recognise it, so it is the best way to get your offer refused....how can they be so naieve?
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4:27 AM - Jan 25, 2018 #19

I agree.   I can't see the logic.   Morocco can only win the bid (vs USA) with the full support of Africa behind it.
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6:35 PM - Mar 15, 2018 #20

mattsanger92 wrote: The 🇺🇸/🇲🇽/🇨🇦 bid is getting right into it, now released their list of candidates for host cities.


Apparently they want to whittle their final bid document (including the other countries) down to 20-25 cities, and possibly down to as little as 12 for the final cut. Taking off the (probably 6) Canadian and Mexican venues, this means that around 6-19 venues would be used in the tournament for America's 60 matches (probably going to be near the upper end of that scale).
The whittling has now got them down to 26 stadiums (in 23 cities), 3 each for Mexico and Canada (with Vancouver surprisingly not making it), the rest belonging to USA (whose surprising omissions are Chicago and this beaut of a stadium in Minneapolis, also I noticed Las Vegas was dropped somwhere along the line).
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1:37 PM - Mar 28, 2018 #21

Official bid books now released, collectively totalling 861 pages for anyone who wants a bit of light reading.
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11:37 AM - Apr 03, 2018 #22

Voting day just over 2 months away, and Morocco getting their excuses in early...

But it's a fair point they've made about goalposts suddenly shifting if this is the case. Some of these apparent new demands are ridiculous, the quarter-million city rule for example rules out 3 cities (Meknes, El Jadida, and Ouarzazate) from the bid they submitted. Even Green Bay wouldn't have made the cut, while from Euro 2016 alone there's places like Lille, Lens, Bordeaux, and Saint-Etienne (all except Lille (ironically the closest to the population marker) also held World Cup matches the last time it was in France) which proved to be more than capable hosts of major events but would also be disqualified on this criteria.

There's also the small matter of an airport within 90 minutes of a host city that turns over 60m passengers a year, not even going to start cross-examining that one right now but I'd assume it knocks a fair few more off the list (on an especially bad day it wouldn't be a stretch for Los Angeles to fall short). Are rules like this not just encouraging white elephantism? If a visitor to the World Cup is going, I don't think a few hours extra travel to some small town is going to deter them much.

Also Morocco's bid appears to be in love with potential 46,000-seater stadiums (give or take 500)... wouldn't kill them to have a bit of variety.
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5:53 PM - Apr 03, 2018 #23

Why don't Morocco play FIFA at their own game, and just invent fake population statistics for the relevant cities?
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1:21 PM - Apr 05, 2018 #24

Created a poll at the top of the page, will run until the day before the actual vote on 13th June.

Now's your chance to pretend like you're a FIFA decision-maker and holding one of those ask the audience-type remotes they use nowadays...
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7:51 PM - Apr 05, 2018 #25

I'm reticient to cast my vote until I find out what brand of wristwatch I'm getting from each candidate, and what opportunities they can think of to invest in football facilities my region.  For example, my garden could use a 3g pitch with floodlights, and maybe a dog track for Mabel.
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10:50 AM - May 02, 2018 #26

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1:25 PM - May 09, 2018 #27

Fresh from recent cake talk, Sepp again inserts beak into current FIFA affairs.

I'll put him down as a Morocco vote then... also he apparently has the inside track on Neymar's injury recovery, some people have too much time on their hands...
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11:49 AM - Jun 13, 2018 #28

So the final score for our vote was 🇺🇸/🇲🇽/🇨🇦 1-5 🇲🇦.

Final score from FIFA's voters:
  • USA/Mexico/Canada: 134
  • Morocco: 65
  • "None of the above": 1
Our finger is clearly on the pul$e.

Congratulations to USA & sidekicks for what is going to be the biggest World Cup of all-time on several scales, people already talking about the chances of the main hosts playing a match on July 4th in their 250th anniversary... just go easy on the time difference please.

And Morocco need to pick themselves up again, 6th time's the charm lads...
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12:01 PM - Jun 13, 2018 #29

what about the wall between US and Mexico?   will Canada be qualified and how many places for the rest of CONCACAF?
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3:00 PM - Jun 13, 2018 #30

None of that decided yet (including the wall which sounds like it would be physically/financially impossible unless it was made of cardboard).

For the qualifiers they've not confirmed that either, but I'd assume all 3 get automatic berths, the new format gives CONCACAF 6 spots + 1 Play-Off berth, but any spots given to hosts get taken out of the equation (and the continent gets an extra 1 Play-Off berth), so they'd just have the hosts all in automatically and end up with 3+2 (or if we want to get technical with the Play-Offs, a total of 3.66 berths) for the rest of North America.
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