The 2026 World Cup will be played in North America

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FIFA's World Cup soccer is coming to Canada, but Vancouver is not among the host cities after B.C. backed out of the bid for the games earlier this year.

Decio de Maria, President of the Football Association of Mexico, left, and Canadian soccer player Alphonso Davies, right, present a joint United bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the 2026 World Cup at the FIFA congress in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

The total attendance of 3.6 million spectators remains a record for a World Cup, despite the later expansion in size of the tournament from 24 teams to 32 in 1998.

Nashville was included in the 23 cities involved in the bid, meaning a World Cup game could be played in Music City.

In qualification for the 2018 World Cup, the US surprisingly finished fifth in a group of six countries in the fifth round of qualification, only ahead of Trinidad & Tobago.

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"FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk".

It is limited to 15 minutes, with bidding rival Morocco to follow at the Moscow Expocentre.

Morocco FA president Fouzi Lekjaa said: "I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country, Morocco, to continue to work for football, to work for the youth and also to realise some day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".

Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium fared well in FIFA's assessment of potential game venues, and the city is considered the favorite to host the World Cup Team Workshop, which brings together delegations from all 48 competing nations for a pretournament introduction to the World Cup's organization.

"We still need to upgrade the press box, with or without FIFA", Roger Jevne, branch manager for the city's recreation facilities, said Wednesday.

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It would likely open the door to Canada finally returning to the men's world stage - a widely expected scenario as co-host that has yet to be officially confirmed.

Although it would be the first tournament to be hosted by three nations, the vast majority of games will be held in the US.

Morocco plans to use 14 stadiums, nine of which have yet to be built with the other five due for renovation.

"Hosting a FIFA World Cup™ is an extraordinary honor and privilege", said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid.

VAR will be used during every game out in Russian Federation, with video replays used to double check and verify any contentious decisions flagged up by the main match referee.

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They could serve as pre-World Cup training base camps for the national teams that will be based at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton or Safeco Field in Seattle. "We wish him the greatest of luck", said Rubiales. The United States will host the remaining 60, including the final.

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