US, Canada, Mexico ask FIFA for faster World Cup bid process
The United States, Canada and Mexico have confirmed they are launching a joint-bid to host the first 48-team World Cup in 2026.
Gulati said the initial plan was for 60 of the 80 World Cup games to be played in the USA, with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 each.
While pairs of countries previously submitted joint World Cup bids, Federation Internationale de Football Association did not expressly approve the concept of a joint bid until past year, when it unveiled the bidding process for the 2026 tournament.
The announcement was made Monday afternoon in a press conference hosted by the federations of the three countries at One World Observatory in NY.
U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall between his country and Mexico was seen as a potential obstacle in terms of cooperation between the two countries in hosting the 2026 World Cup.
Gulati said the USA looked into making a solo bid - similar efforts to land the 2018 and 2022 World Cups failed - but he said he believed the proposal had a greater chance to be selected in coordination with Canada and Mexico. He said the three nations decided they could launch a stronger bid together.
As the 2018 and 2022 World Cup were allotted to Russian Federation and Qatar, no Asian and European countries were allowed to bid. We clearly between the three countries have 40, 50 stadiums that meet FIFA's qualifications and criteria, as well as cities and hotels and air. The country did host the Women's World Cup two years ago.
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Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from NY, said: "While the decision isn't expected for another three years, this joint bid is a clear front runner also because there appears to be no challengers".
Having pushed through his plan to expand the World Cup from 32 teams in January, Infantino is said to be supportive of joint bids.
The United States, host nation in 1994, probably has the facilities and infrastructure to host a tournament on that scale by itself tomorrow. Under the proposal three-quarters of the games, 60 in all, would be played in the US.
It may still be nearly a decade away, but the 2026 World Cup is already in sight for many teams.
South Korea and Japan were initially competitors with Mexico for the 2002 World Cup, with the Asian countries opting to unite their bids shortly before the decision was handed down. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced more details. Following this, an enhanced phase for bid preparation will take place from this June until December 2018. And the US will host every match from the quarterfinals on, meaning the final will be held somewhere in America.
Host nations have always been given an automatic berth at the World Cup.
FMF president Decio de Maria suggested that Mexico should be satisfied that there could be some World Cup games coming to the country, which would make Mexico the first to host three World Cups.
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