Las Vegas being considered to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

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The catalog, the Insider has learned, will include more than 40 U.S., Mexican and Canadian metropolitan areas expressing interest in staging portions of the 48-team tournament. A shortlist of cities and stadiums for inclusion in the bid will be made next month in advance of FIFA's bid submission deadline on March 16, 2018. The United States would host the remaining 60.

USA, Canada and Mexico will compete with Morocco for the right to host the World Cup in nine years' time, and the joint bid is considered the heavy favorite to win the race. The committee will then meet with various city officials before ultimately identifying 20 to 25 venues that will be included in the final hosting bid to Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's governing body. The Raiders stadium has a proposed capacity of 72,000.

Seven cities in Canada - Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Toronto and Vancouver - are in the running for matches there.

Pittsburgh is among 44 cities being considered to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

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The United Bid Committee has requested information from each of the cities and stadiums to declare their basic interests to take part in the bid process by September 5.

Jacksonville can expect to face strong competition from Orlando, which served as a host for both the 1994 World Cup and the 2016 Copa America Centenario. Cities that do not make the final cut will still have the opportunity to be involved in the World Cup by serving as the location for the International Broadcast Center, hosting team base camps or hosting other major events.

The United States will host all knockout games from the quarter-finals onwards. The deadline for bids to submit their interest was on Monday, and the winning bid will be decided at the FIFA Congress in June 2018.

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