Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

US, Canada, Mexico launch joint bid to host 2026 world cup

US, Canada, Mexico launch joint bid to host 2026 world cup

With Russia hosting the 2018 edition, FIFA's rotational policy means European and Asian countries can not bid to host the tournament in 2026, meaning the joint bid might only have to contend with bids from South America, Africa or Oceania.

Of the 80 games, 60 would take place in the United States and Canada and Mexico would host 10 apiece under the unified plan, according to Gulati, who also added that the bid had the full support and encouragement from United States President Donald Trump. The candidacy was announced by all three federations in a joint press conference on Monday.

"We don't believe that sport can solve all the issues of the world, but especially [with] what's going on the world today, we think this is a hugely positive signal and symbol of what we can do together", U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunnil Gulati said. All of the games from the quarter-finals onwards would be held in the US.

Even before Monday's confirmation, the three-way Concacaf bid was widely deemed to be the favourite, particularly since the USA, Canada and Mexico already boast much of the infrastructure and facilities required to host a 48-team tournament. The country was previously chosen to host the tournament for the first time in 1986, but lost its bid to Mexico due to financial problems.

With Europe hosting the event in 2018 (Russia) and Asia in 2022 (Qatar), the only opposing bids could come from Africa and South America.

The tournament time period will remain at 32 days.

Federation Internationale de Football Association rules stipulate that no bids will be accepted from Europe and Asia because Russia is staging the World Cup in 2018 while Qatar is set to host the tournament in 2022.

The World Cup has taken place in Mexico twice - in 1970 and 1986 - while the United States was the venue for the 1994 edition.

As multiple countries try to outbid each other to host the World Cup every four years, a group of countries is working together to bring the most-watched sporting event in the world back to North America. The final would be held in the U.S. For the 2014 World Cup, Brazil had a total of 12 stadiums used as sites for games.

"To see different countries coming to play here, different supporters, different crowd that's something soccer everywhere in the world has, and that's how soccer grows and it's something very important", Paunovic said after the Fire beat the first place Columbus Crew 1-0. "I would assume this would be the same", he said. The country received praise from Blatter in 2011 who stated, "Colombia is ready for a World Cup".

Victor Montagliani, the Canadian Soccer Association and CONCACAF president, was asked if the playing surfaces in Canada would be natural grass or artificial turf.

It's a little more hard to imagine where Canada will host matches.

It will also no doubt make the case that a joint bid allows for more resources to host the expanded tournament.

"We look forward to continuing our successful collaboration with fellow CONCACAF member associations under the Fifa Council principles for joint bids and to continue our tradition of hosting record-breaking worldwide events".

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