USA, Canada and Mexico launch joint bid to host 2026 World Cup

The United States, Mexico and Canada announced details for a seam bid for the 2026 World cup finals at a news conference on Monday

The United States, Mexico and Canada announced details for a seam bid for the 2026 World Cup at a news conference on Monday on the 102 nd floor of One World Trade Center in New York City.

If the daring three-nation offer, first reported last week by the Guardian, is successful it would be the first time a World cup finals was co-hosted by numerous countries since the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. The offer also attains at a time when the ties between Mexico and the United States has come under scrutiny, with the US president, Donald Trump, vowing to build a wall on the Mexican territory.

We have the full support of the United States government in this project, said the US Soccer president, Sunil Gulati, on Monday. The president of the United States is fully supportive and encouraged us to have this joint offer. He is especially pleased that Mexico is part of this bid. And thats in the last few days weve gotten further encouragement on that. Were not at all concerned about some of the issues that other people may raise. We looked at alone and decided in the end we wanted to offer with our partners in North America, and we have a strong spur from President Trump to that particularly end.

Under the proposals, the US will host 60 recreations including every pair from the quarter-finals onwards with Mexico and Canada separating the remaining 20 fixtures evenly. The United States last hosted the World cup finals in 1994. That tournament was a 24 -team, 52 -match event that still braces the attendance record( with virtually 3.6 million witness ), despite a precede expansion of the format to 32 squads and 64 matches. Mexico previously hosted the tournament in 1970 and 1986, while Canada hosted the womens World cup finals in 2015.

The Concacaf president, Victor Montagliani, told the Guardian last week that a seam offer would be a fit with the new 48 -country, 80 -game format for the 2026 tournament, although home countries individually would have been able to the infrastructure to host the World cup finals alone.

In May, Fifa announced a four-stage bidding process for the 2026 tournament with a final decision in May 2020. It afterward confirmed that the previous two World cup finals emcees, Europe and Asia, will not be eligible to bid. That leaves North Americas Concacaf( which last hosted in 1994 ), Africas CAF( which last hosted in 2010 ), South Americas Conmebol( 2014) and Oceanias OFC( never ).

The entirety of Fifas congress determine World cup finals hosts until 1982, when the superpower was entrusted to the organizations executive committee of about two dozen representatives. After the controversial December 2010 vote that awarded the 2018 and 2022 World cup finals currently the subject of a criminal investigation by Swiss authorities the decision was returned to the broader electing figure of 211 members.

Morocco and Algeria have allegedly been mulled official offers for 2026 and could request the North American bid should either broker an appropriate voting confederation. Europe has 55 the participants in the Congress, Africa 54, Asia 46, Concacaf 35, Oceania 11 and South America 10.

South Korea and Japan were originally entrants with Mexico for the 2002 World cup finals, with the Asian countries opting to unite their offers shortly before the decision was handed down. The government and logistical difficulties that ensued, including high-profile bickers on whose appoint would appear first on government officials logo and hosting freedoms for the opening activity and the final, spurred Fifa to officially insert a decree prohibiting co-hosting offers in 2004.

But the governing body went back on that decision last year, saying it will allow joint offers if they are from members of the same organizing committee.

The North American bid is bolstered by a fleet of gleaming brand-new NFL stadiums built during the past two decades that are suitable for international matches.

We have the comfort of being able to select from stadiums and cities, suggested Gulati. And uttered whats happened in the last World cup finals and some of the Olympic Tournament, the thought of construct plays facilities that dont have a long term implementation is not a matter thats particularly inviting for anyone.

So in all of our lawsuits, we have stadiums that have exist for professional squads or other phenomena. We think thats that great advantage not just for us, but for Fifa or the IOC, that infrastructure thats in place or developed for the NFL or for Liga MX, is a far better solution than spend hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars on stadiums that dont have use beyond the tournament.

Among the probable venues in the US are MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey ( 82,500 ability, opened in 2010 ); AT& T Stadium in Arlington, Texas ( 80,000, 2009 ); Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, California( 68,500, 2014 ); Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts( 66,000, 2002 ); and Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia( 69,500 in 2003 ).

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