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North America 2026 World Cup Bid Successful

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The New York/New Jersey area, Los Angeles, Toronto and Mexico City are among the 23 candidate host cities for the joint United States, Canada and Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup, bid officials said on Thursday.

The cities were announced on the eve of the submission of the North American bid to FIFA and followed the withdrawal of Vancouver and Chicago as potential host cities because of concerns over the unpredictable costs.

Seventeen of the cities are in the United States and three each in Canada and Mexico. Matches will be played in each country if the bid is successful.

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Countries more deserving of a World Cup than USA again (yes I know it's North America)

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I would say it's a given that the US will win that bid for the World Cup.  Europe will surely be out of the reckoning...

But unless political tensions calm down and hypothetically speaking with an absence of President Orange, then it could provide big issues for traveling fans to North America, not so much Mexico where it's the easiest thing in the world to get a visiting VISA for.

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3 hours ago, SirBalon said:

I would say it's a given that the US will win that bid for the World Cup.  Europe will surely be out of the reckoning...

But unless political tensions calm down and hypothetically speaking with an absence of President Orange, then it could provide big issues for traveling fans to North America, not so much Mexico where it's the easiest thing in the world to get a visiting VISA for.

Trump's 8 years will end in 2025, so it shouldn't be much of a concern. Any travel restrictions enacted by him will be in the form of executive orders which can easily be repealed by the next president.

For citizens of most countries, though, it's quite easy to be granted entry to the USA; many don't even need a visa.

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Also discussed here.

The latest news, I thought, that it wasn't as straightforward as first believed for the North American bid. Well, that was the words from Sepp Blatter. And we may ridicule him, but he seems to hold a lot of sway from some countries. 

America could easily host the World Cup tomorrow with the stadiums and infrastructure already in place. With Morocco the only other bidder, and with their proposals mostly made up of proposed stadiums, can they really award the World Cup to them and risk creating another legacy of white elephants like Brazil has created?

 

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Morocco aren't fit to host it. Do think there's probably a bigger football culture there than realised but they're a way off being able to host a world cup.

Forgot that this is going to have 48 teams in it. Fuck sake.

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On 3/16/2018 at 07:14, Cannabis said:

USA had it as recently as 1994. Surely there are others out there? Australia, China or even a Nordic collaboration would be better than 'murica again.

Retarded. I'm mentioned it a million times but Australia is a poor choice for the WC. 

  • Not a soccer country
  • Conflicts with the two major sports, NRL and AFL.
  • Not in a 'fooball timezone'.
  • Small and decentralised population spread over a landmass (near?) larger than Europe
  • Not many large stadiums, and aforementioned; it would conflict with AFL and NRL, who'd fight tooth and nail to prevent the WC.
  • Australia doesn't need to spend millions of dollars on a sport that isn't culturally relevant. 
  • Expensive to travel to.
  • Expensive to travel in.
  • It is unreasonable to have the WC in four cities, and it's unreasonable to have games in Perth.

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Should definitely have the World Cup in Australia primarily to piss @Spike off. 

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Joint bid with NZ would be fairer to our kiwi brothers 

9 hours ago, Spike said:

Retarded. I'm mentioned it a million times but Australia is a poor choice for the WC. 

  • Not a soccer country
  • Conflicts with the two major sports, NRL and AFL.
  • Not in a 'fooball timezone'.
  • Small and decentralised population spread over a landmass (near?) larger than Europe
  • Not many large stadiums, and aforementioned; it would conflict with AFL and NRL, who'd fight tooth and nail to prevent the WC.
  • Australia doesn't need to spend millions of dollars on a sport that isn't culturally relevant. 
  • Expensive to travel to.
  • Expensive to travel in.
  • It is unreasonable to have the WC in four cities, and it's unreasonable to have games in Perth.

I disagree. For Australia there's plenty to gain. 

For Fifa there would be an incredibly well attended tournament full of passionate fans in a welcoming country that could comfortably afford it and has excellent security. A good cup to potentially restore the brand after the chaos and disgrace that now follows that organisation around like a bad smell.

Not more compelling than a US Canada bid except that they have recently held the tournament. Still not a frontrunner but a worthy contestant that does eventually deserve to get picked if we be good and sit quietly with our hand raised.

 

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As i have said before this doubt that whether some countries are fit enough to host the world cup or not can be cleared if the Confederations Cup is used as a test rather then a rehearsal for the World Cup.  

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Didn't Morocco refused to host the AFCON after being given the right just one year before the tournament ?  How can they even be considered after having a record like that

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1 hour ago, Azeem98 said:

Didn't Morocco refused to host the AFCON after being given the right just one year before the tournament ?  How can they even be considered after having a record like that

Because they didn't want ebola, which at the time was a pretty big epidemic, entering their country. 

 

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Our sports talk radio had a field day for nearly 3 days all over John Horgan for that withdrawl. 

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Morocco has the stadiums to host it, its just the size of the country as well as everything else that needs to be improved (hotels, infrastructure). 48 team World Cup's needs to be for the USA, as much as I hate the country, its the most fitting and most ready to do so.

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8 hours ago, Stan said:

Should definitely have the World Cup in Australia primarily to piss @Spike off. 

Nah, I'd love it especially if I was home for it but that doesn't mean I think its a good idea. 

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4 hours ago, Harry said:

Joint bid with NZ would be fairer to our kiwi brothers 

I disagree. For Australia there's plenty to gain. 

For Fifa there would be an incredibly well attended tournament full of passionate fans in a welcoming country that could comfortably afford it and has excellent security. A good cup to potentially restore the brand after the chaos and disgrace that now follows that organisation around like a bad smell.

Not more compelling than a US Canada bid except that they have recently held the tournament. Still not a frontrunner but a worthy contestant that does eventually deserve to get picked if we be good and sit quietly with our hand raised.

 

Mate you're from Melbourne (the city that would start a professional Mongolian wrestling league). You've got a twisted view on how popular the sport is.  Outside of Melbourne it is largely a sport for 'pooftas and Europeans'. 

You really think the AFL and NRL will be sharing their timeslots and stadiums for a month?

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11 hours ago, Spike said:

Mate you're from Melbourne (the city that would start a professional Mongolian wrestling league). You've got a twisted view on how popular the sport is.  Outside of Melbourne it is largely a sport for 'pooftas and Europeans'. 

You really think the AFL and NRL will be sharing their timeslots and stadiums for a month?

I'd point to the Sydney Olympics example. Australia has a pride about putting on a show and wanting the world to like us that leads to us performing well on the big stage. 

Melbourne would be the spiritual centre of the tournament but no doubt the Sydney centric FFA would have it at Homebush. 

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11 hours ago, Spike said:

Nah, I'd love it especially if I was home for it but that doesn't mean I think its a good idea. 

A question worthy of discussion is what should the selection criteria be? Should it be any different to the Olympic host cities which seem to focus on who's most likely to put on the best show? 

Should it be a strategic location to further the uptake of football around the world? 

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32 minutes ago, Harry said:

 

I'd point to the Sydney Olympics example. Australia has a pride about putting on a show and wanting the world to like us that leads to us performing well on the big stage. 

Melbourne would be the spiritual centre of the tournament but no doubt the Sydney centric FFA would have it at Homebush. 

The Olympics aren't a direct competitor with soccer unlike NRL and AFL. There is a reason why the A-League season is during the AFL and NRL offseason, it's because it'd die against those two. Australia has so much pride that people are groaning about the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast! The absolute dead sport of rugby union that is only played by private school boys that think they are from 'out bush' is more popular than soccer (pulls larger crowds per game). I just don't see the worth in spending huge amounts of money on a sport that people just don't care about. How utterly embarrassing it would be to have commentator's explain the rules live during games because people don't know the rules. The only sport that is universally popular back home is cricket, everything else is regional. I've met one person from QLD that likes AFL. I'd be more inclined to want a WC in Aus if it were a city that is easy to travel in, it's the size of the contiguous USA but with only 1/20 of the populaiton. Canada would be a poor choice for similar reasons to Australia.

Geez, the bolded part makes you look seem a stereotypical Melbournite (praising Melbourne and cursing Sydney in the same sentence). xD The country is more than those two bloody cities. 

 

29 minutes ago, Harry said:

A question worthy of discussion is what should the selection criteria be? Should it be any different to the Olympic host cities which seem to focus on who's most likely to put on the best show? 

Should it be a strategic location to further the uptake of football around the world? 

It should only be held in countries that can already support a World Cup.Recently we've seen too much public money wasted on WCs.

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I'd be totally for an Australia World Cup to be honest, but not the 48 teams. It can definitely hold 32, but 48 in a country with a lot of nothingness is kinda difficult. Doubt New Zealand can help much either. Their best bet is to ask Papua New Guinea :ph34r:

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America is pretty much ready made with sporting venues across the country and including the major Canadian cities, so there’s less chance of white elephants like the aftermath of the Brazil World Cup. 

The level of interest in Football there has grown over the past twenty-odd years since they last hosted it and I think it could be a massive shot in the arm for what is an every growing league there. 

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What I don't understand is why they haven't hosted the 'World Club Cup'. I imagine that the European clubs would be thrilled at being able to play there rather than in the Far East. 

And if South American clubs can take huge numbers to Asia, imagine the amount they could bring to America.

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1 minute ago, ScoRoss said:

What I don't understand is why they haven't hosted the 'World Club Cup'. I imagine that the European clubs would be thrilled at being able to play there rather than in the Far East. 

And if South American clubs can take huge numbers to Asia, imagine the amount they could bring to America.

Good point, the European clubs would fill up too given how much gloryhunters exist there :ph34r:

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Australia would be great, but a total nightmare for the bookies in my opinion and the reason why it won't happen. I mean.... They do live in the future down there, don't they! :ph34r:

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In seriousness, I think the Club World Cup needs to be hosted in a place with good marketing. Like ScoRoss said, in the USA wouldn't be bad because you have the South American team bringing fans, the European teams wanting to go as well as fans from the MLS (which do fill up most of the time) as well as the people who like European football which in the USA, there are a lot of.

Also, we are also surely guaranteed a Mexican side. With the amount of Mexicans in the USA, there is another plus. If a Mexican side does not win the NACL, then its likely another MLS side, which would be local. Its a win win situation.

There isn't a huge amount of interest in the CWC outside of South America and Asia, but bringing a side like Real Madrid to the states who fill up for friendlies is a great idea. Mexican locals can likely see their team and so can the MLS fans. The only 2 who "lose" are Africa and Asia really. Also Oceania I guess.

I can't stand the United States but I can't help but think for the CWC, its the best destination from a marketing standpoint.

It'd have to be done in Santa Clara or Miami though. New York is out of the question due to it being held during the winter.

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I just think it could be in similar rotation to the World Cup, moving to a different continent each year. Frankly, at the very least would bring a bit of life into the tournament.

Imagine one of the European giants playing in South America.

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Australia do have the stadiums but they'd have to put in some cricket grounds...do agree with Spike though can't see the AFL or NRL especially wanting to give up tv slots/match goers to allow a World Cup.

With that said, I think the NRL would be mad not to take advantage and do it on the basis that they get funding to improve the suburban stadiums. Homebush, Allianz and Parramatta already getting major upgrades but places like Manly and Cronulla could get in on the actions, plenty of other NRL clubs that could do with not being so reliant on the centralised stadiums.

In fact I reckon if some of the stadiums got an increase/upgrade then there'd be less need for the cricket grounds other than a few.

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Any country that wouldn't want a World Cup due to holding other sports events at the same time has no right of holding one anyway. Give it to a proper footballing nation. 

Spain would be my choice. They have all the stadia, the passion is there, it's a nice country to be in, it's one where everyone would be up for going to unlike the last 2 and next one, where trying to round people up to go to them was/is impossible and it's a country that has brought tons to football. I'm not sure what the USA and Australia bring to the sport and why they would be more deserving than Spain, or of course England.  

England would obviously be a great choice itself but spending the summer abroad would be a better experience and Spain is the most accessible and ideal in this sense. Either way though, both countries would be highly deserving. It's been 52 years now since it was held here also. 

As for stadiums in Spain, Camp Nou, Bernabeu, Wanda, San Mames, Benito Villamarín... And by then there should be the new mestalla and Anoeta stadiums complete. Also Porto and Benfica could lend a hand if it was a joint bid with Portugal, which would also be a great idea. 

 

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