Canada, Mexico, and United States announce joint-bid for 2026 World Cup
Apr 12 2017
Gulati said the initial plans were to stage 60 of the 80 World Cup games in the U.S., with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 games each.
The FIFA Council has agreed upon a four-phase process for bidding for the 2026 tournament, and is expected to confirm the bid rules at its congress in Bahrain next month. Federation Internationale de Football Association has ruled that countries from Europe and Asia are unable to bid due to those continents hosting the 2018 and 2022 tournaments respectively and that leaves few rivals to prevent a North American World Cup.
"Now today we are saying hello, hello to something else, and what we are saying hello to is the 2026 World Cup and our efforts to bring that back to the United States, Canada and Mexico".
Mexico has held the World Cup twice, in 1970 and 1986; Canada staged the women's tournament two years ago.
If North American is named the host site, it would mark the first time that soccer's showcase event was hosted by more than two countries.
Earlier this year, Trump signed directives to begin building a wall along USA border with Mexico and crack down on U.S. cities that shield undocumented immigrants.
Their proposal assumes that there will be 80 games played in the 2026 World Cup. In an unprecedented investment, Qatar is projected to spend more than $200 billion for the 2022 World Cup. So far no other countries have announced plans for a 2026 bid.
Also working in CONCACAF's favour is the fact that this is a joint bid. In December 2010, the governing body announced that Russian Federation and Qatar, respectively, will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Additionally, this will be the first World Cup played with the expanded format, going from 32 teams to 48 and 64 matches played to 80, so there are more games to share between the three countries. As a consolation, Mexico wants the opener at its 87,000-capacity Azteca Stadium if it becomes the first three-time World Cup host.
However Canada earned plaudits for its staging of the Womens' World Cup in 2015, which was won by the United States in the final in Vancouver.
When 2026 comes round, there will have been 32 years and seven World Cups since the 1994 one held in the US with Europe (3), Asia (2), Africa (1) and South America (1) having served as host.
"The president of the United States is fully supportive and encouraged us to have this joint bid", he said.
According to Press Association analysis, the U.S. probably has the facilities to host a tournament by itself tomorrow. All games from the quarter-final stage and beyond would be played only in the U.S.
Federation Internationale de Football Association bidding rules have made the North American bid a strong favorite to win because Europe and Asia can not present a candidate.
That means that aside from CONCACAF (the North American region), only bids from South America, Africa and Oceania will be considered. Technically FIFA will draw up a shortlist for its 211 member nations to vote in 2020 but that may end up being a formality. "Whatever we need to do to make sure that we navigate that, we'll do it to make sure that we get a World Cup in Concacaf".