Canada, USA and Mexico announce joint-World Cup bid in 2026

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.

Gulati said the initial plan was for 60 of the 80 World Cup games to be played in the U.S., with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 each.

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

At a news conference on Monday (10 April) on the 102nd floor of One World Trade Center in New York City, the heads of the three countries' football federations told of ambitious plans to host the worldwide football tournament.

Representatives of the football ruling bodies in the United States, Mexico and Canada on Monday formally announced plans to bid jointly for the 2026 World Cup.

Two days ago, it was reported that the US, Canada and Mexico would launch a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.

Other countries thinking about bidding in the 2026 cup include Morocco and Algeria. "Whatever we need to do to make sure that we navigate that, we'll do it to make sure that we get a World Cup in Concacaf". In that year, South Korea and Japan hosted the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Mexico federation president in a statement said, "If we are selected to host, it will be an honor to welcome everyone with open arms".

There are a couple more strategic reasons the US has eschewed submitting a solo proposal.

That means that aside from CONCACAF (the North American region), only bids from South America, Africa and Oceania will be considered.

Should Concacaf's three-way bid prove successful, it would mark the first time Fifa's flagship tournament is staged across three separate countries. Canada has never hosted the men's edition but successfully hosted the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

It is worth noting that because of U.S. Presidential term limits, President Trump will not be the current president by the time the 2026 World Cup takes place. "Starting today, the USA gets back control of its borders", Trump said. Under the initial plan, the US would be the site of the quarterfinals, semis and finals, with further discussions to determine the full schedule, including the opening game.

Gulati also played down the possibility that the politics of US President Donald Trump could hamper the bid.

Though it would not be the first time countries have split hosting duties (see: the 2002 World Cup), it would be the first time three have done so.

"We have a very big Mexican population over there and I think co-organizing a World Cup deserves to be highlighted". What is known is that the two previous hosts are barred from bidding, meaning that UEFA (Russia 2018) and the Asian Football Confederation (Qatar 2022) won't be allowed to compete.

"We have the full support of the United States government in this project", United States Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said.

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