Representatives from the United States Soccer Federation, the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation announced that the 2026 competition, which will feature 48 nations for the first time, will also see the tournament potentially hosted in three different countries for the first time.
Gulati, during the announcement in NY, said the usa will host 60 games-including every game from the quarterfinals-while Mexico and Canada will host 10 games each.
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.
Federation Internationale de Football Association rules now rule out bidders from Europe and Asia because Russia is staging the World Cup in 2018 and Qatar has the showpiece in 2022.
Sunil Gulati President of US Soccer Federation speaks during a press conference after announcing the next 2026 World Cup in North America on April 10, 2017 at the One World Trade Center in NY.
One contentious disclosure made by Gulati is that the proposal would have the United States hosting 60 of the 80 matches, with Mexico and Canada evenly sharing the other 20.
Finally, Mexico would become the first nation to host three FIFA World Cups, having previously hosted in 1970 and 1986 where Brazil and Argentina defeated Italy and West Germany respectively at the Estadio Azteca. By teaming up, Canada, Mexico, and the United States will only need to compete with CAF bids from countries in Africa, CONMEBOL bids from countries in South America, and OFC bids from countries in Oceania.
The 1970 and 1986 tournaments were played in Mexico, while the United States of America welcomed the world in 1994.
As of now, competitors to the North American joint bid are not known.
It looks like the US and CONCACAF know it. "We have a strong encouragement from President Trump".
Here's how the United States, Mexico and Canada would share the 2026 World Cup. By contrast, a US proposal to host the 2022 tournament called for the construction of no new stadiums and would have permitted roughly two million more spectators to attend the games due to its reliance on larger, existing facilities.
"The other part of it is we think it's terrific for football in the region and soccer in region, both for Canada, Mexico and the USA, given the close relationships we have already". Other countries have this year and part of next year to submit their bids. Montagliani responded by saying: "Every men's World Cup has been on grass". The U.S. and Mexico contribute two of the bigger media markets in the world, especially with the ability to host games in prime time, plus a more mature sponsorship environment, Gulati said. Canada staged a widely-praised women's tournament two years ago.