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USA, Canada and Mexico announce joint bid to host tournament

USA, Canada and Mexico announce joint bid to host tournament

The biggest games would all belong to the United States. The bid had been rumored for a few weeks but the three have now announced it today. Countries in Europe and Asia are excluded from running due to Fifa's continental rotation policy, with Russian Federation and Qatar hosting 2018 and 2022 respectively. The network claims CONCACAF, football's governing body in Central and North America, will make a proposal to FIFA at its congress in May for a period of time to showcase its bid without competitors.

Given the growth in countries competing - and thus the number of matches they're competing in - ESPN reports the joint bid is now the odds-on favorite to win. "Mexico and Canada then had to assess the same thing we did".

It's unclear at this point.

"We announce our bid to bring the World Cup back to the United States, to Canada and Mexico in 2026", Gulati announced on the 102nd floor observatory of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. The US will host 60 games and Canada and Mexico will host the other 20 games.

Mexico was the first nation to host the event twice, in 1970 and 1986, while Canada hosted the 2015 women's World Cup. After the controversial December 2010 vote that awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups - now the subject of a criminal investigation by Swiss authorities - the decision was returned to the broader voting body of 211 members. Cities that have hosted recent World Cups and Olympics have been left with abandoned facilities and enormous debt.

Yes, but it's been a while. 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. In that time there have been three tournaments in Europe, two in Asia, and one each in Africa and South America.

That is, perhaps, CONCACAF's ace in the hole - the argument that it's their turn to host.

It looks like the USA and CONCACAF know it.

The 2026 World Cup will feature 48 team tournament, which is an expanded format from the 32 team tournament in 2014.

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The North American bid is bolstered by a fleet of gleaming new National Football League stadiums built over the past two decades that are suitable for worldwide matches.

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

No. There are many obstacles to overcome. Starting with the quarterfinal round, all games would be held in the U.S., according to Sunil Gulati, the U.S. Soccer Federation president, though no venues have been chosen yet.

A World Cup bid was revealed Monday in the United States.

Gulati was understandably not keen to get into a discussion on politics, but he revealed the bid had the full support of President Donald Trump, who was said to be particularly happy about Mexico's involvement. Even perennially bad Canada? In December 2010, the governing body announced that Russian Federation and Qatar, respectively, will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

If successful, it would be the first World Cup to be held in three countries and only the second multi-nation tournament following Japan and South Korea in 2002. Both decisions were major surprises.

Other countries thinking about bidding in the 2026 cup include Morocco and Algeria.

The three countries will host matches if selected as the World Cup hosts. Usually, the host country is automatically included in the field, and the USA and Mexico tend to qualify without help.


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