US, Mexico and Canada to make joint bid for 2026 World Cup


CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani has told the Guardian that the United States, Canada and Mexico are expected to submit a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup, a move that was anticipated after Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino announced earlier this year that world soccer's governing body will encourage future bidders for the sport's biggest tournament to partner up.

The 2026 World Cup host won't be announced until May of 2020, but trying to put on a tournament across three countries is extremely complicated and the U.S., Mexico and Canada would be wise to use as much time as possible to work through all those difficulties.

The previous Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, lobbied for the United States to host the 2022 World Cup, as part of a continued push to grow football as a sport in the country, before a majority on the Fifa executive committee voted controversially instead for Qatar.

Originally, it looked like the US would be the likely host, however new UEFA president Gianni Infantino has pushed for more joint bids and Montagliani was an early supporter of a CONCACAF joint bid.

A 2026 bid from the CONCACAF region - which covers North America, Central America and the Caribbean - would be a strong favorite. Having more available stadiums to field the additional games in a condensed timeframe would seem to be a perk of having three host nations.

FIFA's plan for shared tournaments stems in part from the fact that it has become increasingly untenable for one country to host big events such as the World Cup or Summer Olympics.

Taylor Twellman joins SVP to share his thoughts on the 1-1 draw between the United States and Panama. "We've hosted nearly every other event". It is expected to confirm the bid rules at its May 11 congress in Bahrain.

The bidding process is scheduled to begin in June, with a final decision set to be made in May 2020.

Over the course of September 2018 through June 2019 worldwide matches would be contested in these groups, a champion declared and nations would either be promoted or relegated before the start of another season.

A CONCACAF congress in Aruba tomorrow will likely see the structure of the competition formalized, and then the region will look to secure sponsors and broadcast partners for the ongoing competition.