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USA, Mexico, Canada announce 2026 World Cup joint bid

USA, Mexico, Canada announce 2026 World Cup joint bid

The composition of the FIFA-organised event will also change in 2026 with a new 48-nation field, playing 80 matches.

USA 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.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will announce the bidding rules in May.

But the governing body went back on that decision a year ago, saying it will permit joint bids if they are from members of the same organizing committee.

USA fans (R-L) Lindsay Beeder, 19, Shayda Ansari, 21, Lauryn De La Torre, 19, and Paige Conway, 18, react during the 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match between Germany and the U.S.at a viewing party in Hermosa Beach, California June 26, 2014.

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The bid also comes at a time while the current US president, Donald Trump, has implemented an aggressive stance on immigration enforcement and wants to build a wall at the US-Mexico border. But he said the joint approach made for a stronger bid, was positive for soccer in the region and serves as a "hugely positive signal and symbol of what we can do together". All matches from the quarter-finals onwards would be in the US.

Mexico has staged the finals twice, the last time in 1986, while newcomers Canada held the 2015 Women's World Cup.

The U.S., Canada and Mexico have settled on an unprecedented answer to that question: just combine forces. That could rule out the Rose Bowl-the host of the last U.S. World Cup final in 1994-as a final site.

Of the nine bids considered for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, the Russian and Qatari proposals entailed the most expensive construction costs and the greatest reliance on new stadiums.

There are still plenty of logistical hurdles for the three countries to overcome, including travel over such a large area.

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"Infrastructure that's already in place is a far better solution than spending hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars on stadiums that don't have use beyond the tournament", Gulati said.

The three countries have vastly different qualifying histories. "There has been a lot of work done behind the scenes for many years", he said, adding that they had received initial support from other federations around the world.

The only nation that has expressed any interest in bidding is Morocco, which lost out to the U.S. for the 1994 World Cup hosting rights and also lost out for the 1998, 2006 and 2010 finals.

Canada Soccer and CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani revealed that a joint bid was being worked on in an interview with the Guardian last week.

The biggest one could be that a bid among three countries has never been done before.

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In a one-vote-per-nation system, Africa could mount a competing bid, especially if it allies with another confederation and both vote as blocs. Europe has 55 members in the Congress, Africa 54, Asia 46, Concacaf 35, Oceania 11 and South America 10.


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