A Look at Potential Host Countries for World Cup 2026

A Look at Potential Host Countries for World Cup 2026

Playing Host to the World

Hosting the World Cup is one of the greatest honors a country can have. It’s a chance to show the world what your great nation has to offer.

However, with that comes tremendous pressure and responsibility, as nobody wants to mess things up with the eyes of the world watching. In the previous edition, Qatar defied the soccer odds.

It became the first Arab country to host the world’s biggest tournament. This article will look at what it takes to host the World Cup. We will review the last tournament and also look ahead at future competitions.

 

What Does it Take to Host the World Cup?

 

Hosting the World Cup is a tremendous honor, and many countries compete for it. However, there are several disadvantages to hosting. First, it can be costly with no assurance of financial return.

Any country that hosts the World Cup must meet stringent infrastructural requirements and other criteria established by FIFA, the international football governing body. These standards include communications and electrical infrastructure, hotels, public transportation, and stadium specifications. Having the infrastructure or demonstrating plans and pledges to ensure criteria are satisfied accounts for 70% of the bidding process.

 

A country must have at least 12 stadiums with a seated capacity of at least 40,000 to be accepted. They should also be able to provide a training camp for each participating nation. Each host city within the chosen country must have an airport capable of handling 1,450 passengers per hour.

The committee also considers future infrastructure, including roads and public transportation choices for spectators. Again, this usually results in massive infrastructure improvements by the bidding host nations, especially when the event is given to nations that lack such facilities. FIFA mandates that each country supply 72 base camp hotels for teams and officials and four hotels within walking distance of the stadium.

Was Qatar a Success, and What Did We Learn?

The fact that Fifa President Gianni Infantino declared the Qatar World Cup the finest is a testament to the tournament’s surprise success. This World Cup had its longueurs, but it also had plenty of excitement and concluded on such a high note that conspiracy theorists might assume the closing events were staged. But, leaving aside the final’s great drama, what did we gain from this exceptional sports event?

A Look at Potential Host Countries for World Cup 2026




Is Qatar stable enough to pull off anything this massive? This was the precise question on everyone’s mind in the months leading up to the World Cup. However, the world quickly realized the significance of having the games in a place many fear.

While the experience of attending such a country for the World Cup was well received, criticism was to be expected. But that is precisely Qatar’s argument: let us unite while embracing our diversity. The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar was a watershed moment in World Cup history. The World Cup has brought the world together despite early outrage.

 

Looking Ahead to the Future

Qatar 2022 will go down in history as the most compact Fifa World Cup, but 2026 will be significantly different. While all matches this time were played within an hour of each other, the next World Cup will be held in three countries: Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

It will also be a larger competition, with 16 additional teams, which means more matches. However, the competition will still be played in five weeks starting mid-June 2026.A Look at Potential Host Countries for World Cup 2026

Questions will be raised about the amount of travel required for players and fans, with the event taking place in 11 US cities, three in Mexico and two in Canada. As a result, sustainability will be a critical problem.

Several laws are different from the last World Cup, which we must consider. For example, the sale of alcohol is highly regulated in Qatar.

However, it is encouraged through advertising in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In addition, seven of the eight stadiums and the Metro system in Qatar had to be built from scratch, and the country spent billions more to renovate its international airport.

The stadiums and a large portion of the infrastructure for 2026 are already in place. However, the one trend that will continue from 2022 is that 2026 promises to be another groundbreaking tournament, albeit for very different reasons.

 



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