12:54, Wed 13 Jun
Does this mean all 3 countries qualify automatically? That's a bit strange if so.
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12:57, Wed 13 Jun
Does this mean all 3 countries qualify automatically? That's a bit strange if so.

It’s a 48 team tournament so won’t makr too much difference.
12:59, Wed 13 Jun
I believe it does but......there'll also be 48 nations in the finals! They're using 10 stadia in the US, 3 in Mexico and 3 in Canada.

If this is a new trend then I suspect we will only host games again as part of a UK or UK/Ireland bid.
13:00, Wed 13 Jun
JCL
JCL
Maybe FIFA are trying to be a bit more sensible about it all and make hosting the World Cup less expensive.

I’d assume that between those three countries they have pretty much all the infrastructure and stadiums in place already, or wold just require some upgrades, as a posed to a country that has to build everything from scratch, kill many workers, bankrupt the economy and then have fancy dan empty stadiums as a legacy.

Morocco is not Qatar. It has relatively strong domestic football, a national team who have actually appeared at major international tournaments before, and has big cities used to hosting tournaments, with existing or currently under-construction stadiums. Any other new ones would have been modular so able to downsize as necessary after the tournament.

It was never going to compete with the North American bid on immediate readiness, but that's hardly a hugely relevant criterion eight years before a tournament. I don't think Morocco's was a weak bid or a hugely speculative one by any means.
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Why is it? People love moaning.

It is 49 hours from Seattle to Miami.

Three nations attempting a common policy? What if there is a wall? What if US visas become stricter? This is eight years ahead, who knows what the politics will be on that continent by then?

Very little will change in eight years, history tells us they are more likely to be closer than further apart no matter what Trump and Brexit have done to buck that trend recently. It will be a good World Cup, I suspect you had issues with it being in Russia and Qatar too.

And you didn't ?!
To be honest, no. We went there and started claiming we had 'guaranteed' ourselves three votes. How exactly did we do that? It is two new countries hosting, Russia will do a good job and I hope it passes without major hooligan issues - let us not forget there always is. Qatar will be interesting, I think people will love it, central to much of the world for access with relatively cheap flights and all the stadiums in close proximity. There is a great opportunity if they manage to take it.
14:23, Wed 13 Jun
Yeah, I think it's going to be harder NOT to qualify for that tournament.
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Qatar will nail it. Whatever it takes they’ll do it. Money no object, even more so now that they’re isolated in the region. Massive PR for them.
15:03, Wed 13 Jun
The Morocco bid looked much better. A new country to host, good cities (Casablanca, Marrakesh etc). Easier to travel. Better timezone from a British perspective.

This 'United' bid was purely chosen for money (td) Plus Mexico and the US have hosted it before (td)
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I might be in the minority here but I’m thrilled to bits the World Cup is coming this way again.

‘94 was good, ‘86 was very good.......and Canadians are very polite. All bodes well for a good tournament. It’ll be relatively easy to get about and I’m sure it will be very well attended.

England just have to qualify now. Something they obviously didn’t manage in ‘94. With 48 teams qualifying for 2026, I’d hope they’d manage it this time.

The quest for tickets starts today!
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15:38, Wed 13 Jun
LondonBlue
The Morocco bid looked much better. A new country to host, good cities (Casablanca, Marrakesh etc). Easier to travel. Better timezone from a British perspective.

This 'United' bid was purely chosen for money (td) Plus Mexico and the US have hosted it before (td)

Easier to travel?
15:42, Wed 13 Jun
Great news. America eff yeah
15:53, Wed 13 Jun
with the expansion to 48 teams there would presumably be concern Morocco would not have enough stadiums.


I think there have been reports that FIFA would like Qatar to agree to co-host so that they could expand that tournament to 48 teams too, but Qatar are resistant to that.


Looks like joint bids are the future as far as FIFA are concerned. I guess England could still bid by themselves, but suspect co-hosting with Scotland and Wales may be a stronger position (partly selling it as two countries who had not previously hosted).
Holdsworth_MaraSonner
Does this mean all 3 countries qualify automatically? That's a bit strange if so.

Wouldn't suprise me if the number of WC teams isn't upped by then, like the euros.
It doesn’t make that much difference for European teams.

16 qualify rather than 13 (or 14 if there is a European host)
16:25, Wed 13 Jun
And tbf when the Euros has been co-hosted it's meant 2 of the 16 teams qualified automatically.

3 out of 32 doesn't seem so bad and it probably will be an expanded tournament by then.
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18:05, Wed 13 Jun
USA is an excellent choice for me. Have family that live just north of Houston so If England can qualify and be based in either Houston or Dallas then we are sorted. Just a quick hop up or down the I45.

Or I could base in Las Vegas and from there hit LA or San Fran.

Also Ideal if you take kids to Orlando as you can base in Florida for the Orlando or Miami games.

And if NE USA is more for you then you have great options with the 5 host cities from DC to Boston and not to mention the 2 Canadian cities just over the border.

Internal flights in USA are so easy to navigate and loads of cheap flights available.

Its a win win for me.
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18:15, Wed 13 Jun
JCL
JCL
Maybe FIFA are trying to be a bit more sensible about it all and make hosting the World Cup less expensive.

I’d assume that between those three countries they have pretty much all the infrastructure and stadiums in place already, or wold just require some upgrades, as a posed to a country that has to build everything from scratch, kill many workers, bankrupt the economy and then have fancy dan empty stadiums as a legacy.

None of that is relevant

FIFA have gone for maximum ££&​pound;£££

People hoping for XYZ for England might be disappointed. IMO they will put England in Canada (also France)

Saying that, it will be superb if they do!
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18:27, Wed 13 Jun
Skitters
with the expansion to 48 teams there would presumably be concern Morocco would not have enough stadiums.


I think there have been reports that FIFA would like Qatar to agree to co-host so that they could expand that tournament to 48 teams too, but Qatar are resistant to that.


Looks like joint bids are the future as far as FIFA are concerned. I guess England could still bid by themselves, but suspect co-hosting with Scotland and Wales may be a stronger position (partly selling it as two countries who had not previously hosted).

That would only add 3 or 4 extra stadia?
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The distance thing is a bit of a red herring. The main problem as far as I'm concerned is that the USA has now had two World Cups in three decades and Mexico hosted it three times. Morocco have never had it and the whole of Africa has hosted one World Cup ever. The choice for maximum variety and fairness would've been Morocco.

This was my thoughts on it.

Considering the level of interest in football between us and the USA, they’ll have had 2 in 9 tournaments whereas we will have had 0 in the last 15

I am pretty confident that England will win the next one in the European cycle.

GB... Final at Wembley, s/f''s at Cardiff , & Hampden or Celtic Park. And q/f's at Wembley, Cardiff & Glasgow, plus Old Trafford. All group games in London, Brum, L'pool, N'castle, Sheffield, Man City, Derby, Southampton etc. Aim to take the game all round our, small, country - Ibrox too- one group game per ground. However, political changes may scupper this plan...

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, Southampton, Leeds, S'land, Boro etc. AIM for only one group game per ground....Take it round the UK (Ibrox too), and place teams strategically,...Chamging political landscape may scupper this plan though...
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05:18, Thu 14 Jun
I'll be hoping for Dallas Houston for England as I'm in San Antonio be great if we end up there. But either way can't wait will just travel wherever we are (tu)
07:00, Thu 14 Jun
I look forward to the joint England/Isle of Wight bid for 2030.
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