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USA, Mexico and Canada officially announce 2026 World Cup bid

If their bid finally becomes successful, it would just be the second time the tournament has multiple hosts after the 2002 World Cup which was co-hosted by Japan and South Korea. At present, there is no rival bid but the European and Asian federations are restricted from bidding due to their hosting duties for the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 respectively.

The CONCACAF countries confirmed their plan to bring the tournament to North America at a press conference at One World Trade Centre in NY.

"This is extraordinary place this building means a lot", said Sunil Gulati, the head of US Soccer said, as he was seated on the dais between Victor Montagliani, the president of Canada's federation and the head of CONCACAF, and Decio de Maria, the leader of Mexico's federation.

"Now today we're saying hello, hello to another thing, and that which we're saying hello to is the 2026 World Cup as well as our attempts to bring that back to America, Canada and Mexico".

"We have the full support of the United States government in this project". "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".

"Like I said earlier, there will be a (World Cup) champion, but the real winners are soccer and the region to have invited the world to enjoy this celebration".

Last summer, the United States notably hosted the 2016 Copa America Centenario, a marquee worldwide tournament held in 10 venues across the country.

Mexico (1970) and the United States (1994) have hosted a World Cup, with Mexico doing so again as a fill-in for Colombia in 1986.

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said: "The most recent time that I stood here [One World Trade Center] was to say good-bye, good-bye to the Copa America".

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.

"This is a milestone day for US Soccer and for Concacaf", Gulati said in a statement issued shortly after Monday's announcement.

Gulati felt it was important to address this point because although Trump won't be president when this World Cup takes place, he'll still be in office when Federation Internationale de Football Association (soccer's worldwide governing body) votes in May 2020 on where the 2026 tournament will be held. In addition, the 2026 World Cup will be expanded to include 48 teams, up from the current 32. Canada is the only one of the three that has never hosted a World Cup.

Canada is coming off hosting the 2015 Women's World Cup, deemed a success on and off the field. The nation also hosted the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, both of which were won by Mexico.


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