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 doubtless must be lower to 16. FIFA stated it may affirm them on the finish of the the 12 months.
The pre-pandemic schedule known as for cities internet hosting the primary 48-team World Cup — doubtless 10 in the US and three every in Canada and Mexico — to be picked early this 12 months. The brand new deadline will rely on FIFA officers with the ability to take inspection journeys to 17 cities in the US and three every in Canada and Mexico.
“The visits will solely happen if the well being and security scenario within the host international locations permits FIFA to take action,” the governing physique stated in an announcement.
Many of the venues in the US might 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 business potential of every venue, in addition to when it comes to sustainability, human rights and occasion legacy, is of the utmost significance,” FIFA stated.
The primary 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 in the US and 10 every in Canada and Mexico when the bid contest was received in 2018.