US, Mexico and Canada to make joint bid for 2026 World Cup

Posted April 09, 2017

A bid from the CONCACAF region - incorporating North and Central America and the Caribbean - would instantly be a strong favorite, as the confederation has not hosted since the US welcomed the soccer world in 1994.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first to include 48 global teams, an expansion from the current model that sees 32 sides vie for the iconic golden trophy. Keep in mind the World Cup will have been hosted in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia in the time since last being hosted on North American soil.

Now, according Reuters, CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani is looking to propose the same thing for his region.

Why make a joint bid when the US, Canada, and Mexico could host the tournament on their own?

. All three of Canada, the United States, and Mexico are set to join forces on this one instead of competing with one another for the hosting rights.

The bid comes at something of a unusual time for the neighboring nations, with one of president Trump's main campaign platforms being his desire to agitate U.S. -Mexico relations as much as possible. And bidding experts say privately that Africa is not a realistic option this time around.

The idea is similar to the one adopted by European confederation UEFA, which will introduce its Nations League in 2018.

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"Any team, including the supporters and officials of that team, who qualify for a World Cup need to have access to the country, otherwise there is no World Cup", FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters. Federation Internationale de Football Association is not expected to chose a host (s) until May 2020. Gone would be the days of going to Europe and playing the likes of Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands, all of whom the US have beaten in the last five years away from home.

A US Soccer statement teased a "historic announcement" to be made in NY, which is expected to be the launch of a campaign to bring the world's biggest sporting event to North America.

Bidding for the 2026 tournament has always been part of Montagliani's vision.

More should be known in May.

"[We could] bring together two, three [or] four countries who can jointly present a project with three, four, five stadiums each".

The rules should be announced around its annual congress, on May 11 in Manama, Bahrain.