Federation Internationale de Football Association picks referee Pitana of Argentina for World Cup opener

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US President Donald Trump and leaders of other states will be welcome guests at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday. The 2026 finals will be the first to have 48 teams in attendance.

The 68th FIFA Congress will determine the site of the 2026 tournament, selecting from a joint North American bid submitted by Canada, the United States and Mexico, or a bid from Morocco. The Americans' bid to host 2022 was usurped by Qatar in the vote in 2010, and it's been a long eight years for the right to bid again to bring the showpiece event back.

Of the 80 games, 10 will be held in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the U.S., with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets.

All three hosts should get automatic places in the lineup, and each host a game on opening day. All soccer venues are expected to be ready by the time the 2026 World Cup rolls around.


The US hosted the World Cup previously in 1994 while Mexico hosted it in 1970 and 1986.

Finally, the FIFA World Cup is almost upon us, which means that it's time to tune in and see the biggest soccer tournament in the world from Russian Federation.

Several members of that committee were later banned from the sport after they were caught up in the corruption scandal that engulfed world football's governing body in 2015. The bid also expects record ticket and hospitality revenue.

Russian Federation built on its reputation for lavish spending on sporting events, investing billions of dollars into preparations for the 2018 World Cup, the worldwide soccer tournament that will feature 32 teams playing in 11 cities across the country this month.

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