US, Mexico and Canada announce 2026 World Cup bid

16 April, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Garry Little
  • US Mexico Canada join to launch 2026 World Cup bid

(AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File).

European and Asian countries can not bid for the 2026 World Cup due to world governing body FIFA's rotation policy.

The United States, Mexico and Canada on Monday announced a joint bid to stage the 2026 World Cup, aiming to become the first three-way co-hosts in the history of FIFA's showpiece tournament.

Gulati, during the announcement in NY, said the US will host 60 games-including every game from the quarterfinals-while Mexico and Canada will host 10 games each.

The last time Federation Internationale de Football Association chose hosts for men's World Cups the decision was mired in controversy.

He infamously has threatened to build a wall along the Mexico/US border.

"Like I said earlier, there will be a (World Cup) champion, but the real winners are soccer and the region to have invited the world to enjoy this celebration". That leave the North American bid looking in a very strong position.

"We look forward to continuing our successful collaboration with fellow CONCACAF member associations under the Fifa Council principles for joint bids and to continue our tradition of hosting record-breaking global events".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Gulati later clarified that he had not directly spoken to Trump.

Another of those issues are Trump's plans - since stopped by courts - to bar new visas for people from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya. In an unprecedented investment, Qatar is projected to spend more than $200 billion for the 2022 World Cup.

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The proposal will see the U.S. host 60 games, with 10 each in Canada and Mexico.

"We're in favour of more venues than less", Gulati added - a signal matches in Canada could be spread across stadiums beyond those located in Toronto and Vancouver.

The World Cup has never been hosted by three countries - Japan and South Korea shared the honors in 2002 - but most of the tournament would take place in the USA, where 60 of the 80 games are scheduled to be played, with Canada and Mexico splitting the other 20 games evenly.

With Europe and Asia ineligible, CONCACAF could in theory face potential competition from the Africa, South America and Oceania regional confederations.

"We haven't discussed any of that", Montagliani said.

Argentina and Uruguay are keen on co-hosting the centenary World Cup in 2030.

According to Press Association analysis, the United States probably has the facilities to host a tournament by itself tomorrow.

The U.S. participated in the 2018 and 2022 bidding contest but lost in a hotly disputed vote that sparked corruption investigations. The final phase will take place in May 2020, before the next U.S. President elections.

Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium (71,000) is set to open this year and an 80,000-seat stadium for the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, California, in 2019. Canada would host the FIFA World Cup for the first time, having previous experience hosting the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015 and the U20 World Cup in 2007. Montreal's Olympic Stadium (56,000) and Toronto's Rogers Centre (53,000) are less ideal for soccer in their current states.

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