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US, Canada, Mexico launch joint 2026 World Cup bid

FILE Players for the Wales and Belgium teams compete in a soccer match FILE Players for the Wales and Belgium teams compete in a soccer match
Howard Terry | 21 April, 2017, 00:24

The United States has officially announced its bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup, partnering with Canada and Mexico in a joint effort to bring the planet's largest sporting event to North America for the first time since it was held in the U.S.in 1994.

"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.

In a press conference where the words "historic" and "bold" were thrown around repetitively, the bid team wants 2026 to be the first time a World Cup is hosted across three countries.

Sunil Gulati President of US Soccer Federation speaks during a press conference after announcing the next 2026 World Cup in North America on April 10, 2017 at the One World Trade Center in NY.

The USA, Mexico and Canada are making a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. By teaming up, Canada, Mexico, and the United States will only need to compete with CAF bids from countries in Africa, CONMEBOL bids from countries in South America, and OFC bids from countries in Oceania.

North America last held a men's World Cup in 1994, when it was hosted by the US.

This North American joint bid is now favored to be chosen due to the increased size of the tournament.

He was joined by United States Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati and Mexican Football Federation President Decio de Maria. That change came in the wake of allegations of wrongdoing surrounding Qatar's successful bid for the 2022 event, in which the tiny, oil-rich nation beat out proposals from the U.S., Japan and South Korea.

The FC panel examine the arguments for and against a joint 2026 World Cup bid from the USA perspective. Even perennially bad Canada?

The three countries have more than two years to sort out the many details that go into a bid and are exacerbated by one of this magnitude.

But it will all be fine, Gulati said. He is especially pleased that Mexico is part of this bid, and that's in the last few days that we have gotten further encouragement on that. Russian Federation is hosting the 2018 finals, followed by Qatar in 2022.

The joint effort would see the US hosting about 60 World Cup games, with Mexico and Canada splitting the final 20 games between them, The Guardian reported.

The three-country host format also raises the question of who will automatically qualify.

Having pushed through his plan to expand the World Cup from 32 teams in January, Infantino is said to be supportive of joint bids.

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