USA, Mexico and Canada team up for 2026 World Cup bid

Three North American nations intend to co-host the tournament

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Sunil Gulati, left, President of the United States Soccer Federation, Decio de Maria, center, President of the Mexican Football Federation, and Victor Montagliani, President of the Canadian Soccer Association, hold a news conference, Monday, April 10, 2017, in New York. The three soccer federations announced a bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The USA, Mexico and Canada are making a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

It will be the first competition to be expanded to 48 teams from the current 32 team format that will be in place for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The bidding process for the 2026 competition has been delayed until 2020 because of ongoing corruption investigations surrounding FIFA. 

 

The presidents of the US, Mexican and Canadian football federations announced the historic bid which will be the first in which three countries co-host a World Cup.

The only World Cup that has been co-hosted to date was the 2002 World Cup when South Korea and Japan teamed up.

USA and Mexico have previously hosted the tournament separately, with the US doing so in 1994 and Mexico staging 1970 and 1986. 

"This is a milestone day for U.S. Soccer and for CONCACAF," said U.S. Soccer Federation 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."