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2026 FIFA World Cup location set to be announced next month


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FIFA intends to announce the 2026 World Cup sites during a news conference in New York on June 16. 

The much-anticipated announcement will set the stage for the 2026 World Cup being co-hosted by the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

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The 2026 World Cup will be the first with three co-hosts. FIFA selected the bid as joint host in June 2018.

There are 22 total candidates bidding for their chance to host stage matches during the 48-team tournament

"In line with the previous stages of the FIFA World Cup 2026 selection process, any announcement will be made in the best interests of football, taking into consideration the needs of all stakeholders involved, as we aim to lay the foundations for the tournament to be delivered successfully across all three countries," FIFA vice-president and Concacaf president Victor Montagliani said in a release.

 The World Cup trophy is on display during a FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour event in Kuwait City, Kuwait, May 16, 2022.  (Xinhua via Getty Images)

Seventeen U.S. stadiums in 16 areas remain in the bidding for the first 48-team World Cup, with the Los Angeles area submitting both SoFi Stadium in Inglewood and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, site of the 1994 World Cup final. Three stadiums each in Canada and Mexico are expected to be used.

The bid plan envisioned 16 total sites for the tournament. FIFA targeted mid-May for announcing site selections, and then pushed that back a month.

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Sixty games are to be played in the U.S., including all from the quarterfinals on. Canada and Mexico are to host 10 games each.

"During the past months we have had open exchanges with the candidate host cities on a number of different topics. We are very thankful and impressed by how dedicated and innovative they all are," Colin Smith, FIFA’s chief tournaments and events officer, said.

"The host cities will be absolutely key to ensuring the successful delivery of the competition. We look forward to working with them to deliver what will undoubtedly be the largest FIFA World Cup in history."

A man works on the pitch of the Lusail Stadium, the 80,000-capacity venue which will host the FIFA World Cup final in December, on the outskirts of Qatar's capital Doha on March 28, 2022. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Chicago, Minneapolis and Arizona dropped out in March 2018 because of what city officials said were burdensome financial demands by FIFA. At the time, Charlotte, North Carolina; Las Vegas; Salt Lake City; and Tampa, Florida, were cut.

FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, withdrew in April.

Montreal dropped out last August after the Quebec provincial government withdrew its support. It was replaced in April by Vancouver, British Columbia, which made an initial bid in 2017, then said in March 2018 that it had been rejected because it refused to comply with FIFA’s requirements that include tax waivers and putting agreements under Swiss law.

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The remaining areas and stadiums:

UNITED STATES

View of Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders on field during preseason game vs Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium. (Greg Nelson /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

  • Atlanta - Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • Boston - Gillette Stadium
  • Cincinnati - Paul Brown Stadium
  • Dallas - AT&T Stadium
  • Denver - Empower Field at Mile High
  • Houston - NRG Stadium
  • Kansas City - Arrowhead Stadium
  • Los Angeles - Rose Bowl and SoFi Stadium
  • Miami - Hard Rock Stadium
  • Nashville - Nissan Stadium
  • New York/New Jersey - MetLife Stadium
  • Orlando - Camping World Stadium
  • Philadelphia - Lincoln Financial Field
  • San Francisco - Levi's Stadium
  • Seattle - Lumen Field
  • Washington DC/Baltimore - M&T Bank Stadium
  • CANADA
  • Edmonton - Commonwealth Stadium
  • Toronto - BMO Field
  • Vancouver - BC Place
  • MEXICO
  • Guadalajara - Estadio Akron
  • Mexico City - Estadio Azteca
  • Monterrey - Estadio BBVA
  • The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


    Source: 2026 FIFA World Cup location set to be announced next month

    Titmus not making world champs switch despite impressive form


    May 21 (Reuters) - Double Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus has no plans to reverse her decision not to compete at this year's world championships, despite going close to breaking Federica Pellegrini's world record in the 200m freestyle on Friday.

    Titmus finished 0.33 seconds short of the long-standing mark when she won over the distance at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide in her first competitive swim since the Olympic Games last August.

    Her time of 1 minute 53.31 seconds was her fastest in the event and eclipsed the performance that won her gold at the distance in Tokyo.

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    Despite her impressive swim, the Australian will remain focused on the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July and August in an attempt to avoid burning out ahead of the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.

    "I definitely didn't think I'd be swimming as fast as I am now," Titmus said.

    "Initially, I didn't want to go to worlds because I didn't think I'd be ready to be mentally at that level to deal with the pressure again.

    "I'll have another month at home and just keep training through. The decision was for Paris, to make sure I didn't have a stacked year again. So I'm sticking with that decision."

    Pellegrini's world record in the event has stood since the 2009 world championships in Rome and was achieved during the supersuit era, when the use of polyurethane and neoprene swimwear saw times tumble.

    Titmus's performance is the closest any swimmer has come to the mark since the suits were banned. The 21-year-old was delighted with her effort.

    "I'm pretty happy with the swim. I didn't get back into proper training until December," said Titmus.

    "I'm doing things in training that are better than before the Olympics; some things aren't there, but some are better.

    "It's one of the more challenging world records. Her (Pellegrini's) back end in that race was insane. I think she had three suits on or something.

    "To even be anywhere near that, I'm happy. It's not even 12 months since the Olympics and I swam faster there than I did to win the gold medal."

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    Reporting by Michael Church in Hong Kong, Editing by Bradley Perrett

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    Source: Titmus not making world champs switch despite impressive form

    World Health Organization confirms 80 cases of monkeypox with outbreaks in 11 countries


    The World Health Organization has confirmed about 80 cases of monkeypox with recent outbreaks reported in 11 countries, according to a statement Friday from the global health agency.

    The outbreaks are unusual because they are occurring in countries where the virus is not endemic, according to the WHO. More cases will likely be reported in the coming days as surveillance broadens, it said.

    "WHO is working with the affected countries and others to expand disease surveillance to find and support people who may be affected, and to provide guidance on how to manage the disease," the agency said.

    European nations have confirmed dozens of cases in the largest outbreak of monkeypox ever on the continent, according to the German military. The U.S. has confirmed at least one case, and Canada has confirmed two. Monkeypox is usually found in Central and West African rainforests where animals that carry the virus live, according to the WHO.

    This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak.

    Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner | CDC via AP

    Monkeypox is a disease caused by a virus in the same family as smallpox but is not as severe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, monkeypox can result in death in as many as 1 in 10 people who contract the disease based on observations in Africa, according to the CDC.

    The smallpox vaccine is 85% effective at preventing monkeypox based on observational studies in Africa, according to the WHO and the CDC.

    Monkeypox is spread through close contact with people, animals or material infected with the virus. It enters the body through broken skin, the respiratory tract, the eyes, nose and mouth. Though human-to-human transmission is believed to occur through respiratory droplets as well, that method requires prolonged face-to-face contact because the droplets cannot travel more than a few feet, according to the CDC.

    Monkeypox usually begins with symptoms similar to the flu including fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, exhaustion and swollen lymph nodes, according to the CDC. Within one to three days of the onset of fever, patients develop a rash that begins on the face and spreads to other body parts. The illness usually lasts for about two to four weeks.

    "As monkeypox spreads through close contact, the response should focus on the people affected and their close contacts," the WHO said. Health-care workers, household members and sexual partners of people who have the virus are at greater risk of disease.

    The CDC confirmed a monkeypox case in Massachusetts on Wednesday. The person had recently traveled to Canada using private transportation. New York City is investigating a possible monkeypox case, according to a health department statement Thursday.

    The U.S. had a monkeypox outbreak in 2003, the first outside Africa, which was caused by human contact with infected prairie dogs kept as pets. That outbreak resulted in more than 70 reported cases.

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    Source: World Health Organization confirms 80 cases of monkeypox with outbreaks in 11 countries



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