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U.S., Mexico, Canada Announce Joint Bid For 2026 World Cup

After months of speculation, the first official bid for the 2026 World Cup has been unveiled.

The United States, Mexico and Canada officially announced on Monday their intention to launch a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.

“This is a milestone day for U.S. Soccer and for CONCACAF,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati.

“We gave careful consideration to the prospect of bidding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and ultimately feel strongly this is the right thing for our region and for our sport.

“Along with our partners from the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, we are confident that we will submit an exemplary bid worthy of bringing the FIFA World Cup back to North America.

“The United States, Mexico and Canada have individually demonstrated their exceptional abilities to host world-class events. When our nations come together as one, as we will for 2026, there is no question the United States, Mexico and Canada will deliver an experience that will celebrate the game and serve players, supporters and partners alike.”

Gulati said that the plan for the World Cup is 80 games given the expanded field. The bid proposes hosting 60 matches in the U.S., 10 in Mexico and 10 in Canada. There is no word yet on which venues are included.

At least six CONCACAF nations will qualify, but as many as eight could reach the final tournament thanks to the intercontinental playoffs. The rest of the teams will consist of 16 from UEFA, nine from Africa, eight from Asia, six from CONCACAF and one from Oceania.

The three nations have combined to host a total of 13 FIFA World Cups combined on the men’s, women’s and youth levels. Other countries can submit bids up to Dec. 2018.

FIFA is expected to confirm its rules for hosting the 2026 World Cup at its Congress on May 11 in Bahrain, though the world governing body said in October that countries in Europe and Asia will be prevented from bidding because Russia is hosting the 2018 World Cup, while Qatar hosts the 2022 edition.

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  • Raymond L. February 27, 2015, 5:11 am

    I have nothing against FIFA choosing Qatar as hosts of 2022 World Cup—it’ll certainly be historically significant being the first World Cup tournament to be held in the Middle East. However, did any of the FIFA officials thought about the temperatures there when they gave the country the privilege to host the planet’s biggest sporting event?

  • eric June 23, 2010, 12:48 pm

    Will see Germany today. Usa now had a strike of luck.

    I want Brazil to win, or argentina.

  • gewinnspiel June 8, 2010, 3:00 pm

    I think Spain will win the soccer World Champions title in South Africa. They are in a real good shape right now and won’t be stopped.

  • Jose January 6, 2010, 11:26 am

    Hi, boys, Brazil is not in a “dead group”. Please wait and see what happens to France when meeting Uruguay, jaja! You know little about football.

  • Victoriano June 24, 2009, 4:41 pm

    Busco entradas de la copa confederacion de futbol, de cualquier partido de 1ª fase, 2ª fase, semmif. y final, las quiero para coleccion, muchas gracias de anticipadas:
    Victoriano Gonzalez Hdez.

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