United States, Canada and Mexico announce joint 2026 World Cup bid

USA Canada Mexico ask FIFA to fast track 2026 World Cup vote by two years

GENEVA The North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup has asked FIFA for a decision in June 2018 two years ahead

The United States, Mexico and Canada have officially submitted a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.

The announcement was made Monday afternoon in a press conference hosted by the federations of the three countries at One World Observatory in NY.

He likened the Canadian soccer landscape as being similar to where the USA was before it was awarded the 1994 World Cup - which saw the sport take off in the States. In return for being part of the bid, Mexico and Canada would nearly surely get automatic spots in the World Cup as hosts-and they would help the US draw votes from the 209 Federation Internationale de Football Association member nations that will vote for the World Cup '26 host in May 2020.

A World Cup bid was revealed Monday in the United States.

"The president of the United States is fully supportive and encouraged us to have this joint bid", he said.

"It is normal to be insatiable, but we are the home side in many cities in the United States", said Cantu in an interview with ESPN's Sportscenter.

U.S. soccer officials had been publicly coy about the possibility of a future World Cup bid since the country lost out to Qatar in the battle for the 2022 tournament at a corruption-tarnished vote in Zurich in 2010.

In May, Fifa announced a four-stage bidding process for the 2026 tournament with a final decision in May 2020. So far no other countries have announced plans for a 2026 bid.

The 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be played in Russian Federation and Qatar, respectively.

Both the US and Mexico have enough stadiums to host the tournament as a solo act while Canada also has a number of stadiums that were used for the 2015 Women's World Cup.

Throughout World Cup history the host nation (s) have always received automatic qualification.

In evaluating the bid, Federation Internationale de Football Association will need assurances from the USA government that individuals and groups from all countries will be able to enter the country and cross borders perhaps multiple times.

"To see different countries coming to play here, different supporters, different crowd that's something soccer everywhere in the world has, and that's how soccer grows and it's something very important", Paunovic said after the Fire beat the first place Columbus Crew 1-0.

The only other co-hosted World Cup was played in 20 stadiums across South Korea and Japan in 2002.

Mexico has hosted the World Cup twice before - the 1970 finals won by a Pele-inspired Brazil and the 1986 tournament won by an Argentina team led by Diego Maradona. Montagliani responded by saying: "Every men's World Cup has been on grass". So much so that the U.S. Justice Department launched an investigation that helped bring down the most powerful people in soccer's governing body, including its longtime president Sepp Blatter. "Whatever we need to do to make sure that we navigate that, we'll do it to make sure that we get a World Cup in Concacaf".

Under FIFA plans for its expanded 48-team World Cup, CONCACAF is awarded six berths.

Africa and South America are eligible to bid but no countries from those continents have publicly declared an interest.

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