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US, Mexico,Canada announce joint bid for World Cup 2026

16 April 2017

There was a report on ESPN Mexico late on Monday that the FMF is seeking to host the opening game of the 2026 World Cup at Estadio Azteca, should the bid be accepted, although U.S. Soccer Sunil Gulati president said earlier in the day that no decision had been made over which country would get that honor.

A return to North America, with 60 games in the U.S. and 10 each in Mexico and Canada, would be "by far the most successful World Cup in the history of FIFA in terms of economics", U.S. Soccer Federation head Sunil Gulati told reporters in NY.

The three nation bid will allow the three countries to host games for the 2026 edition of the World Cup.

Instead, the United States is set to host 60, with Mexico and Canada set for 10 games piece.

Sunil Gulati, US Soccer Federation chief, who announced the bid in NY with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts on Monday, insisted they had the full backing of President Donald Trump, despite the US leader's rocky relations with Mexico.

Sunil Gulati, president of United States football, said all games from the quarter-finals forward would be played in the U.S. under the proposal.

The FC panel examine the arguments for and against a joint 2026 World Cup bid from the USA perspective.

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If the bid finally approved, Mexico will be the first country to host the World Cup three times as they hosted the 1970 and 1986 World Cup on previous occasions. "We are not at all concerned at some of the concerns that some people may raise", he added. The World Cup had seen a huge outpouring of fans in the stadiums as average attendance was above sixty thousand, which was a record in the history of World Cup. 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. South America, Central America, Africa and Oceania are eligible to bid for the 2026 World Cup. Russian Federation is hosting the 2018 finals, followed by Qatar in 2022.

It may still be nearly a decade away, but the 2026 World Cup is already in sight for many teams.

"I really thank Sunil's open mindedness and U.S. Soccer's open mindedness and Mexico's open mindedness", Canadian Soccer Association President Victor Montagliani said. South America (Brazil) hosted in 2014, and Africa (South Africa) four years before that.

Morocco and Algeria have reportedly mulled official bids for 2026 and could challenge the North American bid should either broker an adequate voting alliance.

Federation Internationale de Football Association members will also be asked to consider the "election or dismissal" leaders of its judicial bodies, including the ethics committee.

The U.S. participated in the 2018 and 2022 bidding contest but lost in a hotly disputed vote that sparked corruption investigations.

"A good signal to the rest of the world is that this can be done without necessarily building infrastructure or venues specifically for one event", Gulati said.