The 2026 World Cup is years away, but 16 cities around the U.S.A. competing to host U.S.A. matches were decided on June 16, 2022, whether or not they are the winners. The 2026 World Cup will be the largest World Cup in history, featuring 80 matches in total, 60 being hosted by the U.S.A., and the entire tournament, from the quarterfinals stage, being hosted by the United States. It has been so tricky narrowing this list down to only 10, as we all know the United States is capable of hosting the 2026 World Cup alone, and the fact that there are expected to be games from both Mexico and Canada hosted in the six cities makes the U.S. hosting city status competition that much stronger. FIFA has not confirmed just how many of its host cities will come from the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico.
FIFA has now decided each country will be allowed 26 players at the showpiece instead of 23, and this decision may have repercussions for teams including Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. The big six clubs in the Premier League, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, are among the clubs to sign on to the new rules. In all, eight players will not be available for fixtures between September 10-14, with Liverpool, City, Chelsea, Leeds United and Manchester United affected. The Sun reported that Chelsea is a distinct possibility of being banned from competing in the 2022/23 Premier League should a buyout not happen before this date (Todd Boehly is their new owner after completing the club’s takeover in May).
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is already going to bring a load of complications, with matches scheduled to be played in November and December. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will already be inflicting clubhouse loads of headaches with the tournament over November and December. The next big international game will be unique in many ways, but the one knock is it is taking place over the summer months of November and December because of extreme humidity and heat. In a damning new report, FIFA and the Qatar supreme committee, which is running the tournament, are accused of misleading supporters by saying that the 2022 World Cup will be carbon-neutral.
The Qatar Supreme Committee and FIFA strongly disputed the Carbon Market Watch assessment of FIFA’s claims. FIFA is playing its part, and our goal is for the 2022 World Cup to be carbon neutral, FIFAs head Infantino said Sunday, citing the plan as an attempt to underline the world governing body’s environmental credentials. FIFA estimates that the 2022 World Cup will generate 3.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is higher than the 2.1 million tonnes produced in 2018’s in Russia and higher than the emissions from 71 countries worldwide.