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.
The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco, which has now failed in five bids to host a World Cup. Canada and Mexico are expected to each play host to 10 games.
We take a look back at the last twelve months in the world of Federation Internationale de Football Association.
The 42-year-old, who officiated during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, will be in charge for the Group A match at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
The FIFA Congress held its annual meeting the day before the start of the World Cup to vote on whether the US -led bid or the Morocco bid will get to host the soccer tournament.
Canada staged the Women's World Cup in 2015.
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In 2010, the USA was a finalist to host the 2020 World Cup but lost to Qatar in a vote that was later discredited - but not reversed - because of widespread corruption in FIFA's ranks.
Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal were the three Canadian cities designated in the bid to possibly host games in the 2026 tournament, which is expanding to 48 team, up from the current 32-team format.
Canada's only appearance at the World Cup came in 1986 when it loss all three of its games and crashed out in the first round. The U.S. will host 60 of the 80 matches, including the final, scheduled for MetLife Stadium outside New York City.
Over the past ten months, FIFA Legends, 2018 FIFA World Cup ambassadors and prominent figures around the world have provided valuable support with the organisation of the tour.
"We cast our vote for the "United" bid as we believe the independent technical assessment made its advantages very clear". Those cities won't be announced until 2020, but Kansas City could be one of them.
The 2026 World Cup will have a much different job than the 1994 tournament because the difference in the soccer landscape in America between 1994 and now goes far beyond the growth of MLS. Citing a number of high-profile sponsors dropping FIFA, London newspaper The Independent reported that FIFA's 2018 World Cup sponsorship revenues were down $240 million.
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