US, Mexico and Canada Announce Joint Bid For 2026 World


The proposed blueprint calls for 60 of the 80 games in the new expanded tournament format to be held in the US with 10 going to Canada and 10 to Mexico. Canada and Mexico will have 10 games apiece.

There are no shortage of stadiums that would be a capable World Cup venue.

Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton served as host cities for the 2015 Women's World Cup - with Toronto electing to focus on the Pan-American games that summer.

"Obviously every men's World Cup has been on grass".

Yes, but it's been a while.

A decision on who will host the tournament will be made in 2020.

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"The general parameters of this bid are a World Cup of 80 games".

From the perspective of the CONCACAF it does good as there is also the thought about how a joint bid would benefit the entire region, and not just a single country.

The 2026 World Cup will be a different event from previous editions as it will be the first time that 48 teams play in the tournament. That means more teams, more matches, more stadiums, more infrastructure, more everything.

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.

And then there's the fact that Victor Montagliani, the current CONCACAF president and member of the FIFA Council, is Canadian.

No. There are many obstacles to overcome. Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup (South Africa) while Oceania has never hosted the event. Gulati indicated that officials expected all three host nations to be granted places.

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"A World Cup in North America, with 60 games in the United States will be by far the most successful World Cup in the history of Federation Internationale de Football Association in terms of economics", Gulati said.

Even with negative feelings toward Trump in the global community, this bid has a very strong chance of succeding. England appeared to be the favourite for the 2018 World Cup, but was beaten out by Russian Federation. Canada staged a widely-praised women's tournament two years ago.

Host nations have always been given an automatic berth at the World Cup. The U.S. and Mexico contribute two of the bigger media markets in the world, especially with the ability to host games in prime time, plus a more mature sponsorship environment, Gulati said. Infantino has proposed multiple chances to the World Cup, including expansion of the tournament to allow for more countries to qualify.

The 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation is expected to bring in $5.5 billion for worldwide soccer's governing body, including money from ticket sales, sponsorship and media rights.

Given that Asia and Europe are restricted from bidding for 2026 under the rules, anyone thinking of attending 2026 can virtually make plans now unless there is a surprise challenger.

"The final decision on those things are up to Federation Internationale de Football Association, but that is our proposal and our agreement together".

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