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FIFA wraps up inspection of potential 2026 World Cup venues

TORONTO, Nov 22 (Reuters) – FIFA, world soccer’s governing physique, wrapped up web site visits to potential venues for the 2026 World Cup to be co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico with a cease in Toronto on Monday, saying a call on cities may be anticipated in April.

After inspection excursions of 22 cities and 23 venues a FIFA delegation will now submit a report from which 16 hosts will probably be chosen though FIFA’s chief tournaments and occasions officer Colin Smith urged that quantity was not written in stone.

“When the bid was presented 16 was referenced and we’ve taken note but ultimately it is up to FIFA,” stated Smith, following a lunch-time media convention on the highest flooring of a downtown Toronto resort overlooking Canada’s nationwide stadium BMO Field. “We’ll wrap up these visits and then we will decide the most appropriate number we need to host the tournament.

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“We have not set the precise time (of the venue announcement) but however I think it is going to be extra seemingly April than March.

Toronto and Edmonton are the 2 Canadian cities bidding for video games whereas Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City are the Mexico candidates.

With the 2026 World Cup increasing to a report 48 groups, the joint bid requires Canada and Mexico to every get 10 video games with the remaining going to the United States.

Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay space, Seattle and Washington, D.C. are potential U.S. venues.

The FIFA delegation checked out every thing from infrastructure to legacy tasks to stadiums and follow services.

“Overall we have been absolutely delighted with the quality of the presentations,” stated Smith. “It has been a very competitive process, one that is going to make our decision all the more harder.”

Vancouver, venue for the 2015 Women’s World Cup closing, has expressed late curiosity in getting in on the World Cup motion however Victor Montagliani, the CONCACAF president and FIFA vice-president, on Monday threw chilly water on the suggestion.

“I know that the premier of British Columbia (John Horgan) had expressed some interest and that’s great,” stated Montagliani, who was joined on the head desk by Smith, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture. “But right now we’re dealing with the players we have, not the players that are not on the team.”

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Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Ken Ferris

Oct 23, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; General view of BMO Field before a MLS game between CF Montréal and Toronto FC. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

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