We're hosting the World Cup? That's not a done deal, MetLife says


It's still undetermined if all three hosts will get automatic berths, as they have in the past.

Catlett expects discussions with U.S. Soccer over Jacksonville's potential role in supporting events to start within the next two to three months.

U.S. soccer president Carlos Corderio said after his bid's success on Wednesday: "It's a bit emotional for us today". More than 870,000 tickets were bought by Russians, nearly 90,000 by fans from the United States and over 72,500 by Brazilians. "FIFA's ability to unilaterally change the contract at any point at an unknown cost is not acceptable to the people of British Columbia that we need to protect". "Kids who are now 8, 10, 12 years old can all dream of potentially playing for a national team".

There is no question that the last four years have been hard for American soccer.

The 2026 World Cup will also be the first to include 48 teams. It has the resources, it has the scenery, and it has one of the more rabid soccer fan bases.

"What I think is positive about that bid is the worldwide community wants to stage events in Canada", Scott Hutcheson said Wednesday.

"The World Cup is of great significance for our country".

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Despite the scepticism that initially surrounded the 1994 World Cup in the USA, the tournament was a runaway commercial and critical success.

If the numbers hold up, 2026 would set a new record as the best-attended World Cup in history, with an average crowd of 72,500 per game, comfortably eclipsing the existing record of 68,991 set at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States made a decision to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017.

"There's a tremendous amount of ancillary events that go on around the World Cup", said Rick Catlett, president and chief executive officer of Gator Bowl Sports. Both the United States and Canada failed to qualify for this year's World Cup. "But the money we generate can be reinvested in football". I'm a proponent of sport being beneficial in learning skills in life: "Why not soccer?" The U.S. hosted in 1994.

They have eight years to do so.

That said, the geographical argument against our city is that its isolated nature would make travel on teams and city-hopping fans burdensome.

Teams could schedule friendly matches at TIAA Bank Field in the weeks of preparation leading up to the World Cup. Karl-Erik Nilsson noted that Federation Internationale de Football Association compensates clubs for using their players at the men's World Cup but not at the women's tournament. When Qatar won the 2022 bid in controversial fashion in 2010, it seemed like having the World Cup return to the United States would be impossible but the 2026 bid was first rate and combining Canada and Mexico was convincing.