Canada, US And Mexico Launch Bid To Co-Host 2026 World Cup
Year-long speculation over whether CONCACAF's bid for the 2026 World Cup, which will nearly certainly be awarded to the region, would become a joint bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada has officially been confirmed today.
Soccer leaders from the U.S., Canada and Mexico announced a joint bid to host the expanded 48-team World Cup in 2026, promising an event that would bring in more money than any previous iteration of the world's biggest sporting event.
Both the U.S. and Mexico have previously hosted the tournament and Canada also has the resources to do so alone, but the countries have made a decision to combine partially as a result of the finals' looming expansion to 48 teams. This is the first time three countries aim to host World Cup.
"We have the full support of the United States government in this project", United States Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said. "He is fully supportive of the joint bid, encouraged the joint bid, and is especially pleased with the fact Mexico is participating in the joint bid".
Both the U.S. (1994) and Mexico (1970 and 1986) have hosted the World Cup before.
Two days ago, it was reported that the US, Canada and Mexico would launch a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. Canada hosted the 2015 women's World Cup.
The U.S. held the 1994 World Cup, drawing a record-shattering 3.58 million fans, an average of 68,991 per match.
The news of the joint World Cup bid was met with some resistance in Mexico, nearly entirely because the country - host of the 1970 and 1986 World Cups - was expected to be handed more games.
Fifa's executive committee is no longer responsible for the final say on which country is awarded a World Cup.
The 2002 World Cup is the only other tournament to be played in multiple countries (Japan and South Korea). A pre-tournament qualifying event could also see games in Canada, which would likely also host friendlies in the leadup to the main competition.
Throughout World Cup history the host nation (s) have always received automatic qualification. Solo host nations normally earn that privilege. And if they can convince Federation Internationale de Football Association, plans for the 2026 World Cup could begin much sooner than we thought.
Canadian Soccer Association president, Victor Montagliani, U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, and Mexican Football Federation president, Decio deMaria. The bid had been rumored for a few weeks but the three have now announced it today. "In the end, it was a discussion, a negotiation, but a very friendly one", Gulati explained.
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