May 30, 2017

US, Mexico and Canada Announce Joint Bid For 2026 World

21 April 2017, 04:43 | Joan Schultz

The United States, Canada and Mexico have announced their plan to make a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

The US hosted the World Cup for the only time in 1994, while Mexico staged the 1970 and 1986 tournaments, with the latter following Colombia's withdrawal.

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 will host the showpiece event in 2022.

At the press conference at One World Trade Center, Gulati acknowledged as much.

The United States, Mexico and Canada have officially submitted a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.

FIFA, soccer's governing body, is expected to name the host for 2026 in May 2020, which is the final year of Trump's first presidential term.

The exact number of venues in the 2026 bid, as with many other issues, remains unclear. Almost 1.5 million spectators attended the 32 matches for an average of 46,000 fans per game, making it the best attended Copa America in the competition's 100-yer history. This is the first time three countries aim to host World Cup.

According to Press Association analysis, the United States probably has the facilities to host a tournament by itself tomorrow.

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There are a couple more strategic reasons the USA has eschewed submitting a solo proposal.

Trump's support to bring the World Cup back to America shouldn't be all that surprising. 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.

The U.S. previously bid to host the 2022 World Cup solo, only to lose out to Qatar. In addition, Canada has previously hosted the 2002 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-19 Women's World Cup and the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-20 World Cup, both of which drew then-record attendances. And, if successful, it would be just the second World Cup held in multiple countries (2002 in Korea and Japan was the first).

"It's up to us to put on the World Cup because we have a duty to the fans and I think the World Cup - no pun intended - needs to trump politics", he said.

Asked on Monday about the potential impact of President Trump's policies, Gulati said: "We have very specifically addressed this with the president".

"The president of the United States is fully supportive and encouraged us in having this joint bid".

The 2018 men's World Cup is set for Russian Federation with the 2022 tournament headed to Qatar.

It was also confirmed by Gulati that any potential tournament would be hosted in the USA from the quarterfinal stage onwards, thus meaning the World Cup final would take place in the United States of America.

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