Historic joint bid from USA, Canada and Mexico for 2026 World Cup
The USA, Canada and Mexico announced details of their proposed joint bid for the 2026 World Cup this week. This is the first time that there has been a three-nation bid to play host to the most famous football tournament in the world, and if successful it would be the first time since the 2002 tournament which was co-hosted by Japan and South Korea that the tournament would be hosted by multiple countries.
The announcement though comes at a time when the USA and Mexico relations are particularly strained, and have been since Donald Trump was sworn into the White House as US President this year. But US Soccer has said that the President fully supports the move and that he is happy to have Mexico on board. The proposals of the bid would see the US host 60 games and each fixture from the quarter finals onwards. Then mexico and Canada would split the remaining 20 fixtures in the tournament equally.
The USA hosted the 1994 World Cup and CONCACAF hasn’t hosted since then. That 1994 World Cup incidentally, still holds the record for the highest attendance of a tournament, even though that was still a 24 team tournament back then. The last time Mexico hosted the World Cup was in 1970 and Canada have yet to do so, but they were hosts of the Women’s World Cup in 2015.
The 2026 World Cup is going to see a new format of 48 countries involved across an 80-game format. Last year FIFA announced a four-stage bidding process to host the 2026 edition of the World Cup and the decision will be made in 2020. Europe and Asia are not eligible to bid for the tournament because the previous two World Cup hosts prior to that year won’t be able to bid. So that just leaves the CONCACAF, the CAF, South America CONMEBOL and Oceania OFC. Only the latter has never hosted before.
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