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U.S., Canada & Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

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2026 Fifa World Cup

For the first time in 32 years, the men’s World Cup is back to North America.

More than 200 FIFA member associations gathered in Moscow on Wednesday to vote the hosts for the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

The North American bid – the product of over a decade of planning and campaigning – beat out one rival bid, Morocco’s, by a vote of 134 to 65.

This is the first time the World Cup will be held in more than one country since 2002, when South Korea and Japan shared hosting duties.

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Three countries have never shared the duties before. The US, however, hosted the World Cup in 1994, while Mexico have hosted the tournament twice, in 1970 and in 1986.

The move is significant for both the United States and Canada, with each team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which gets underway on Thursday.

USA, Canada and Mexico had been considered favourites throughout the bidding process, despite some suggesting the controversial politics of American president Donald Trump could help Morocco.
The winning bid had been seen as the safer option given the standard of facilities and number of stadiums available, while a FIFA evaluation report had called Morocco’s bid “high risk“.

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“On behalf of our United Bid, thank you so very much for this incredible honour. Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege, the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026,” an emotional US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on stage after the vote.

“The beautiful game transcends borders and cultures. Football today is the only victor.”

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

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Canada, meanwhile, did not even make it that far, finishing third behind Mexico and Honduras in the fourth round.
The country has competed in just one World Cup in its history, qualifying for the 1986 tournament and failing to collect a single point from three matches.

Mexico, meanwhile, finished top of the qualification pool and will face Germany, Sweden and South Korea in Group F.

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Danish Cup Final Suspended After Fans Fail To Socially Distance

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The Danish Cup final was suspended for 14 minutes as a group of ultras ignored social distancing rules.

Aalborg and Sonderjyske were both given 725 tickets each for fans at the final at the neutral Esbjerg stadium, so long as they sat one metres apart.

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Aalborg lost 2-nil to Sonderjyske with Anders Jacobsen scoring twice against his old club.

It is the first major trophy in Sonderjyske’s history.

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Africa Cup Of Nations Postponed Until 2022

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Africa Cup Of Nations Postponed Until 2022

Executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the next edition of Africa Cup of Nations to 2022 to which Cameroon retains hosting rights.

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With the 2019-2020 season for the champions league and confederation cup already at the semi-final stage, CAF has announced Cameroon and Morocco will respectively host the semi-final and final of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup.

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The 2020 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) has been cancelled.

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La Liga Trains Women Football Coaches In Nigeria

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La Liga Trains Women Football Coaches In Nigeria

La Liga have provided two master class sessions for coaches in Nigeria Women’s Football League.

La Liga’s coaching methodology comprises of some adapted and selected content from its original programme that consists of a series of in-person courses presented in different levels of complexity, from the grassroots to the elite.  It also focuses on the specialties of women’s football.

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