USA, Canada & Mexico to Make Joint Bid
- Author: Wendy Palmer Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 7:35
The presidents of all three countries' soccer federations formally announced their bid in NY on Monday, declaring their intent to bring the world's biggest sporting event to North America for the first time since 1994 with the first ever three-country bid.
"We have the full support of the United States government in this project", United States Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said.
"We think in this interesting world in which we live and the place we're holding this particular press conference and the Statue of Liberty outside, and a whole bunch of things along those lines, from a social perspective it's a positive", Gulati said. The United States last hosted the World Cup in 1994. Mexico has hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986.
"The final decision on those things are up to Federation Internationale de Football Association, but that is our proposal and our agreement together".
The composition of the FIFA-organised event will also change in 2026 with a new 48-nation field, playing 80 matches. Host nations will now be chosen by polling all 211 Federation Internationale de Football Association members nations, not just the executive board.
US President Donald Trump has promised to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico but Sunil Gulati, president of the US Soccer Federation, said Trump is "supportive" of the bid and had "encouraged" it. Travel bans being pushed by the Trump Administration could also potentially create problems. The two Asian countries were historical adversaries and issues including which country's name would be first on the official name of the tourney and which would host the final led to months of arguing. Three of the last five tournaments have drawn fewer than 50,000 per match. "We looked at bidding alone, and again, decided we wanted to bid with our partners in North America, and we have a strong encouragement from President Trump to that very end".
The proposal calls for 60 of the 80 World Cup games to take place in the USA, while Mexico and Canada would get only 10 each.
Should the CONCACAF bid be awarded the hosting rights, organizers will need to determine if all three nations receive an automatic qualification for the tournament.
"As such we are filled with pride and committed to make it the best ever". Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup (South Africa) while Oceania has never hosted the event.
"If we are selected to host, it will be an honour to welcome everyone with open arms".
In terms of Canadas participation, its unclear if a mens World Cup would stipulate natural grass in the wake of the womens edition, which was played entirely on artificial surfaces. This is the first tri-nation bid in history and the 2026 World Cup will be the first edition with 48 teams competing.
More details will be forth-coming on the 2026 World Cup bid, as we still don't know what the potential host cities would be, but Gullati said that 60 cites would host in the USA and 10 each in both Mexico and Canada.
North America last held a men's World Cup in 1994, when it was hosted by the US.