Canada, US and Mexico launch World Cup bid

Posted April 11, 2017

Soccer officials from the three countries have scheduled a news conference for Monday in NY where they will announce a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup, according to a source. That means more games to be played. Mexico wants to be the first three-time World Cup host after previous editions in 1970 and 1986.

"We're not going to get too much into politics today", Gulati said during a question and answer period.

However, such costs would be avoided in the CONCACAF bid as Canada, the USA, and Mexico already have a number of excellent stadia to choose from.

The three neighboring nations seeking the '26 tournament - let's call it the NAFTA World Cup - will pursue the event in the spirit of cooperation and regional brotherhood in a time of tightening borders and frayed diplomacy. It was at this tournament that the country was introduced to Sinclair and where she first shot to worldwide fame.

According to Gulati, the bid will include 60 games to be played in the United States and 10 each for Mexico and Canada. This leaves just the South American soccer confederation (CONMEBOL) and Oceanic soccer confederation (OFC) to compete with CONCACAF for the 2026 World Cup bid.

Fifa's new process for countries bidding to host the 2026 World Cup, announced last year under the new presidency of Gianni Infantino, set out a period from June this year to December 2018 for the preparation of bids.

And the fact Mexico will help pay for it apparently was to president Donald Trump's liking.

With the 2026 World Cup expanding from 32 to 48 teams, and thus increasing the number of matches from 64 to 80, the joint bid is heavily favored to be chosen. Montagliani feels the three-country bid will "fit" the larger format. In December 2010, the governing body announced that Russian Federation and Qatar, respectively, will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Her story was hardly unique, as other young Canadian girls followed a similar path toward eventually playing for the national team, and the end result was the Reds winning a pair of back-to-back Olympic bronze medals in 2012 and 2016, and reaching the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup stage in Canada.

The United States also burnished its credentials as a major tournament host with last year's 16-team Copa America Centenario, which culminated in Chile's victory over Argentina in front of 82,026 fans at the final in NY.

As of now, competitors to the North American joint bid are not known.

CONCACAF is in line to receive six qualification spots for the expanded World Cup, meaning only three automatic places would remain available if the US, Canada and Mexico are succesful.

A tournament in North America is also likely to be attractive to Federation Internationale de Football Association for solid public relations reasons.