Edmonton joins Canadian contingent in bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

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Mackin says FIFA's refusal to negotiate, combined with a history of rampant corruption are combining to make countries and cities more reluctant to bid to host the World Cup.

While the federal government is backing the city, on Thursday the Alberta government said it would not throw its financial support behind Edmonton's participation in the joint bid. Baltimore, which would use M&T Bank Stadium for games, joins three cities in Mexico, three in Canada and Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Tenn., New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Fla., Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington. The United States, Canada and Mexico are bidding jointly to host the tournament, which was last in the U.S.in 1994. There are 23 cities in Canada, the United States and Mexico willing to host some of the 48 teams expected to compete in the worldwide tournament, which runs every four years, according to a Thursday press release from Canada Soccer.

Kristick emphasises that in terms of facilities the bid offers a lot more than just host cities. Had the city been selected, it would have hosted multiple games at U.S. Bank Stadium.

"It's not unusual for an global event such as the World Cup or the Olympics to govern under Swiss law", Kristick said. The Bay Area is thrilled at possibility of welcoming the world to a united and inclusive celebration of football in Levi's Stadium, offering an advanced and existing stage on which the world's best players will compete.

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The 2026 World Cup will be the first to feature 48 teams after Federation Internationale de Football Association chose to expand the tournament previous year.

"On June 13, our FIFA family will have to decide which bid can be counted on to deliver the experience, the infrastructure and the resources that the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will demand".

Emanuel spokesman Matt McGrath said the primary reason for the city's decision was FIFA's insistence that the cities in the bid issue a "blank check". Minneapolis also said money concerns were a factor involved in its exit from the bid.

The sole previous occasion that Africa hosted the World Cup was when the tournament was staged in South Africa in 2010.