Jacksonville cut from list of 2026 World Cup candidates

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"We are extremely excited and humbled to be invited by the United Bid Committee to continue in the process of becoming an Official Host City for the 2026 FIFA World Cup".

"The Utah Sports Commission is thrilled Salt Lake City is being considered as a host site by the United Bid Committee for the 2026 FIFA World Cup." said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission, in a news release. Canada will probably settle for two venues, with Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton in the running. Of those, six (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Atlanta, Foxborough and Seattle) have been proposed using venues now used by MLS teams.

The United Bid Committee is working its way down to a final list of approximately 12 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico, from an original list of 41. This representative finalize hosting documents and show how their city will integrate the United Bid Committee's strategy and vision. "They are more than capable of helping fulfill the shared vision and ambition of Federation Internationale de Football Association and the United Bid in shaping the future of soccer in North America".

As many as eight or nine American cities could be chosen to host games with Mexico and Canada dividing the rest.

Cities not hosting games could be chosen as other venues needed for the tournament, such as team base camps.

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Stadiums under consideration in the U.S. include several venues used in the 1994 World Cup like the Pasadena Rose Bowl.

The 2026 World Cup will be expanded to a 48-team format requiring an increase in first class venues and training facilities. The victor is expected to announced in June 2018.

They instead opted to allow other nations to submit an expression of interest in hosting the competition before the deadline.

Cincinnati has been buzzing in the soccer world since FC Cincinnati upset the Columbus Crew in a U.S. Open Cup game earlier this year. Morocco is the other country bidding for the 2026 tournament.