US, Canada and Mexico Submit Joint Bid for 2026 World Cup

According to U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, the 80-match World Cup would feature 60 matches in the US, 10 in Mexico and 10 in Canada.

If the US, Mexico and Canada are selected as the 2026 World Cup, it will be the first time since 2002 that the event is co-hosted. At present, there is no rival bid but the European and Asian federations are restricted from bidding due to their hosting duties for the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 respectively.

The 10 April announcement was made at One World Observatory in NY on the 102nd and top floor of the One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Sunil Gulati, US Soccer Federation chief, who announced the bid in NY with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts on Monday, insisted they had the full backing of President Donald Trump, despite the US leader's rocky relations with Mexico.

The United States, Mexico and Canada have officially submitted a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.

Mexico has hosted the event twice, in 1970 and 1986, while Canada has yet to do so - although it did hold the Women's World Cup in 2015 and a men's under-20 edition in 2007.

While the bid is being branded as being from all three countries, it clearly favours the United States. "This will be an extraordinarily successful World Cup on financial and economic grounds". "I think it's a testament to how football has changed in our region", Canadian Football Association President Victor Montagliani said.

Gulati also played down the possibility that the politics of US President Donald Trump could hamper the bid.

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However the prospect of a fresh American bid gathered momentum in 2014 after the World Cup in Brazil.

No nation from CONCACAF, the governing body for football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, has hosted the tournament since the United States in 1994.

"This is a milestone day for US Soccer and for Concacaf", Gulati said in a statement issued shortly after Monday's announcement. Following on the boring destinations Russian Federation and Qatar are seemingly set to provide as the next two World Cup hosts, we're gonna need it.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first to be held in a 48-team format.

The reported tri-nation North American World Cup hosting bid isn't official just yet, but it might be on Monday.

It looks like the USA and CONCACAF know it.

"Canada, the USA and Mexico are aiming for a joint bid, the idea has been around for a while, discussions are continuing and it is a very exciting proposition if it comes to fruition", Montagliani said. Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup (South Africa) while Oceania has never hosted the event. All Iraq's "home" games in 2018 World Cup qualifying have been played in neutral Iran or Malaysia.

The 2018 World Cup will be in Russian Federation while Qatar hosts the tournament in 2022.