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World Cup 2026 bid releases list of potential host cities


With the 2026 World Cup bid a joint one between the USA, Mexico and Canada, they won’t be short of host cities and stadiums to play the games.

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On Tuesday a statement was released detailing the 49 venues those behind the bid want to consider as host venues for the expanded 48-team World Cup.

If the cities and venues mentioned below submit their interest in hosting games then it will be considered.

A further shortlist is expected in September.

Via the statement, below is a list of the venues which will now come under consideration as the bid team prepare to finalize their plan to FIFA.

United States (34 cities, 37 stadiums)

Atlanta, GA: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 75,000

Baltimore, MD: M&T Bank Stadium, 71,008

Birmingham, AL: Legion Field, 71,594

Boston, MA (Foxborough, MA): Gillette Stadium, 65,892

Charlotte, NC: Bank of America Stadium, 75,400

Chicago, IL: Soldier Field, 61,500

Cincinnati, OH: Paul Brown Stadium, 65,515

Cleveland, OH: FirstEnergy Stadium, 68,710

Dallas, TX: Cotton Bowl, 92,100

Dallas, TX (Arlington, TX): AT&T Stadium, 105,000

Denver, CO: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 76,125

Detroit, MI: Ford Field, 65,000

Green Bay, WI: Lambeau Field, 81,441

Houston, TX: NRG Stadium, 71,500

Indianapolis, IN: Lucas Oil Stadium, 65,700

Jacksonville, FL: EverBank Field, 64,000

Kansas City, MO: Arrowhead Stadium, 76,416

Las Vegas, NV: Raiders Stadium, 72,000

Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 78,500

Los Angeles, CA (Inglewood, CA): LA Stadium at Hollywood Park, TBD

Los Angeles, CA (Pasadena, CA): Rose Bowl, 87,527

Miami, FL: Hard Rock Stadium, 65,767

Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Bank Stadium, 63,000

Nashville, TN: Nissan Stadium, 69,143

New Orleans, LA: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 72,000

New York/New Jersey (East Rutherford, NJ): MetLife Stadium, 82,500

Orlando, FL: Camping World Stadium, 65,000

Philadelphia, PA: Lincoln Financial Field, 69,328

Phoenix, AZ (Glendale, AZ): University of Phoenix Stadium, 73,000

Pittsburgh, PA: Heinz Field, 68,400

Salt Lake City, UT: Rice-Eccles Stadium, 45,807

San Antonio, TX: Alamodome, 72,000

San Diego, CA: Qualcomm Stadium, 71,500

San Francisco/San Jose, CA (Santa Clara, CA): Levi’s Stadium, 75,000

Seattle, WA: CenturyLink Field, 69,000

Tampa, FL: Raymond James Stadium, 73,309

Washington, DC (Landover, MD): FedEx Field, 82,000

Canada (7 cities, 9 stadiums)

Calgary, Alberta: McMahon Stadium, 35,650

Edmonton, Alberta: Commonwealth Stadium, 56,335

Montrral, Quebec: Stade Olympique, 61,004

Montreal, Qubec: Stade Saputo, 20,801

Ottawa, Ontario: TD Place Stadium, 24,341

Regina, Saskatchewan: Mosaic Stadium, 30,048

Toronto, Ontario: Rogers Centre, 53,506

Toronto, Ontario: BMO Field, 28,026

Vancouver, British Columbia: BC Place, 55,165

Mexico (3 cities, 3 stadiums)

Guadalajara, Jalisco: Estadio Chivas, 45,364

Mexico City: Estadio Azteca, 87,000

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon: Estadio Rayados, 52,237

Barry Bennell jailed 30 years for abusing young players

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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) A former English youth soccer coach was jailed Monday for 30 years for abusing 12 young footballers after the judge called him the “devil incarnate.”

Barry Bennell, a former coach at Crewe and scout for Manchester City, was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court of 50 child sexual offenses committed between 1979 and 1991.

“Your behavior towards these boys in grooming and seducing them before subjecting them to, in some cases, the most most serious, degrading and humiliating abuse was sheer evil,” Judge Clement Goldstone told the 64-year-old Bennell.

Bennell looked at the floor and nodded as the judge sentenced him. Some members of the public began to applaud as he was sent down, but were stopped by the judge.

Goldstone said Bennell had appeared to his victims as a God.

“In reality, you were the devil incarnate,” the judge added. “You stole their childhoods and their innocence to satisfy your own perversion.”

Goldstone said Bennell’s abuse had destroyed the enthusiasm his victims had for playing football and had led to them suffering problems including suicidal thoughts, alcoholism and depression.

Bennell has already served three jail terms, totaling 15 years, for similar offenses involving 16 other victims in England and the United States.

LIVE, FA Cup: Wigan host Manchester City

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All conquering Manchester City head to third-tier Wigan Athletic on Monday (Kick off, 2:55 p.m. ET) to keep their quest of a legendary quadruple alive.

[ LIVE: Follow Wigan v Man City here

Pep Guardiola‘s men are 16 points clear atop the Premier League summit, while they are virtually through to the last eight of the UEFA Champions League and are in the League Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday.

Can anyone stop them?

Wigan stand in their way with the Latics promotion favorites from the third tier who have already beaten Premier League teams Bournemouth and West Ham United to reach the last 16.

The winner will host Southampton in the quarterfinal for a place in the semifinal at Wembley Stadium, and City’s fan will be feeling a little nervous heading into this game.

Why? They played Wigan in the FA Cup final in 2013 and lost 1-0 after a last-gasp header from Ben Watson sealed one of the greatest upsets of all time to hand the Latics their first-ever major trophy. Wigan also beat City in the FA Cup quarterfinals in 2015, the last time they met in this competition.

Surely Guardiola’s boys won’t be on the end of another upset this time, especially with this starting lineup…

Click on the link above to follow the action live, while we will have analysis and reaction from the final FA Cup fifth round clash right here at Pro Soccer Talk.

Italy VAR chief: Incidents to be shown on stadium screens

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Decisions which have been changed on video review could soon be shown on the giant screens in Italian stadiums, offering soccer fans more clarity.

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The video assistant referee system was introduced in Italy at the start of the season and has been criticized for leaving supporters in the stadiums blind sometimes as to what is happening on the pitch or why a decision has been changed.

The head of the project in Italy, Roberto Rosetti, told Radio Anch’io Sport on Monday: “Probably in a few months’ time we’ll be able to see on big screens in the stadiums images of the decisions that have been changed and why they have been changed.”

Rosetti admits they need to “improve on the uniformity of both interpretation and intervention” but says the positive effect of the VAR can clearly be seen by “the drastic reduction in bookings for protests and anti-sporting behavior.”

Spurs “have the capacity” to win the Champions League

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We know. They just drew 2-2 away at Rochdale in the fifth round of the FA Cup. We know.

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But Tottenham Hotspur’s last 2-2 draw was much more impressive as they went to Juventus and outplayed the reigning Italian champions in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.

Heading into the second leg at Wembley on Mar. 7, it appears that new signing Lucas Moura, who scored their opening goal against Rochdale on Sunday, is a fan of what he’s seen in his short time at Tottenham.

Speaking to reporters after his first goal for Spurs on his full debut, Moura has high hopes for his time in North London.

“I am 25 years old but I think I gained a lot of experience with PSG and I think I can help Tottenham. I think we have a lot of quality and a great structure and can arrive at the end of the season with a trophy. The Champions League is the most difficult cup but I think we have the capacity to win it if we always think in positives and always work hard,” Moura said, via the Guardian.

“We did a big game against Juventus away. It was a good result in Italy and I am sure we can do a good game with our fans and continue. It’s always important to win. Every player wants to win trophies, to make history and I am here to make history with my new friends, my new team-mates. I believe that because we have a lot of quality, a great structure – I am really impressed – and I think we can dream with the Champions League.”

Does Moura have a point? Aside from a weakened side struggling away at Rochdale on a freshly laid pitch, they’ve been superb in recent months.

And given the current form of Harry Kane and the entire Spurs team there won’t be a single club who says “you know what, let’s take Spurs” if they make it through to the last eight of the UCL.

The high-pressing style of Mauricio Pochettino saw them bully Juve away from home and all of a sudden it seems like the rest of Europe has woken up and realized just how good they are.

If injuries are kind to Spurs and Moura continues to show flashes of brilliance since his arrival from PSG in January, the Brazilian could well be on to something. Tottenham are by no means favorites to win the Champions League, but their recent results against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool prove they are a force to be reckoned with.