Historic joint World Cup bid from USA, Canada and Mexico

But what was newsworthy about Monday's fanfare was President Donald Trump backing the bid despite Mexico's involvement.

FIFA announced the decision to expand worldwide football's premier competition by 16 sides last January, and the North American trio became the first countries to make their interest in hosting the event official at a media conference in NY on Monday.

The 2026 tournament will be the first to feature an expanded 48-nation field and the proposal will see the U.S. host 60 games, with 10 each in Canada and Mexico.

Morocco is the most likely candidate but would need an African co-hoster because of the sheer scope of an 80-game tournament (up from 64) and couldn't get near the facilities and financial might of North America and Mexico.

us soccer chief Sunil Gulati said the football federation has the support of President Donald Trump. That tournament was dogged by logistical and politic issues between Japan and South Korea, so you can just imagine the complications that could arise between three nations.

"I think you already know our position", the CSA's top boss added, noting that qualification eventually will be decided in conjunction with Federation Internationale de Football Association.

In a press conference from the 102nd floor of One World Trade Center in NY, the three federations announced their campaign to host the first World Cup to be held in multiple countries. Toronto's BMO Field, with a grass surface and expandable to a 40,000-seat capacity, would be a sure bet for one of the Canadian venues. The country received praise from Blatter in 2011 who stated, "Colombia is ready for a World Cup".

But it will all be fine, Gulati said. Infantino has proposed multiple chances to the World Cup, including expansion of the tournament to allow for more countries to qualify. "I would assume this would be the same", he said. In that time, every other continent will have hosted the World Cup, including Europe three times and Asia twice. Europe has 55 members in the Congress, Africa 54, Asia 46, Concacaf 35, Oceania 11 and South America 10.

The World Cup has taken place in Mexico twice - in 1970 and 1986 - while the USA was the venue for the 1994 edition. Federation Internationale de Football Association is soccer's world governing body. "It's an event second to none". While it is as yet unclear if the same will be true for Canada, Mexico and the USA, it seems fairly likely given the expanded field.

The bidding process is expected to begin later this year and to run until 2020.

On that occasion, both nations were granted qualification to the tournament as hosts, as is tradition.

European and Asian countries can not bid for the 2026 World Cup due to FIFA's rotation policy, which means that the previous two host confederations - Europe in 2018 and Asia in 2022 - are excluded.

And that counts for something.

Gulati said 60 of the tournament's matches would be staged in the United States, with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 games each.

The final decision will be made in May 2020. "We talked about a co-host eight years ago". "The president of the United States encouraged us to make this bid and is especially pleased that Mexico is involved in this bid".

"We think this is a positive signal and symbol we should do together in unifying people, especially in all three countries". Mexico has put on two spectacular World Cups.

"Another World Cup here would further that and it would do the same in Canada".

The three nations confirmed the bid on Monday, per U.S. Soccer.

Mr Trump has been outspoken in his views on Mexico, once saying at a presidential rally that the US' southern neighbours are sending "their worst" to their territory.

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