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North America emerging as leading candidate to host 2026 World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino explains the options available to create an expanded World Cup competition.
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ZURICH -- North America became a stronger candidate to host an expanded World Cup in 2026 after the FIFA Council agreed on Friday that European and Asian nations should not bid again so soon after Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup and Qatar has the 2022 tournament.

"That has changed the landscape [of the 2026 contest] a little bit," said U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, a council member.

FIFA said Europe would be put on standby only if "none of the received bids fulfill the strict technical...

CONCACAF set to review 'archaic' World Cup qualifying format - chief

CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani has instigated a review of the body's

LONDON -- World Cup qualifying in North America could be overhauled to avoid shutting out the majority of countries in the CONCACAF region so early.

CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani has instigated a review of an "archaic" format that leaves only six out of the region's 35 teams still in with a shot at qualifying for Russia in 2018.

Alongside a potential new name to replace the corruption-tainted CONCACAF brand, revamping qualifying to be more inclusive has emerged as a key objective for Montagliani...

Gianni Infantino open to 40-team World Cup co-hosted in North America

GENEVA -- FIFA president Gianni Infantino is open to a 40-team World Cup in 2026, possibly with three North American countries serving as co-hosts.

With key World Cup talks due next month, Infantino's comments on Tuesday show that FIFA will consider co-hosting by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The North American neighbours have long been expected bidders for 2026, even competing against each other, because the CONCACAF region is favoured to host for the first time since 1994. Then, 24 teams...

El Salvador allege attempt to fix World Cup qualifier against Canada

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El Salvador players line up before last week's qualifier against Mexico.

El Salvador's national football team has claimed it has been offered a bribe to fix the outcome of Tuesday's CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against Canada.

Members of the squad played an audio recording of the alleged bribe during a news conference on Monday afternoon ahead of the game in Vancouver.

The Salvador Football Federation confirmed the news on its Facebook page, posting a video and releasing a statement which read: "Players from the national football team revealed this [Monday] afternoon...

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CONCACAF 'on a long journey' after reforms - president Victor Montagliani

Victor Montagliani says he learned from a young age about the art of negotiation and politics.

"I knew which uncle would give me the five bucks for an ice cream before another uncle would," recalls the recently elected CONCACAF president, showing off a wide, mischievous smile.

Montagliani will need all the guile he can muster to restore his organization's battered reputation.

A successful insurance businessman and former amateur player, Montagliani spoke about the past, present and future of the...