US, Canada, Mexico To Announce Joint Bid For World Cup On Monday

Forty-eight countries will be split into 16 groups of three, with the top two in each progressing to a 32-nation knock-out round. Although FIFA, now largely under new leadership, insists that Qatar will be allowed to keep its seemingly ill-gotten World Cup, there is lingering doubt that it will really be played there in five years.

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

Other countries thinking about bidding in the 2026 cup include Morocco and Algeria.

Despite the current divide that exists between America and Mexico, the two nations are coming together along with Canada in the hope that they can host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The US has co-hosted the Gold Cup with Mexico in 1993 and 2003, while the most recent edition saw Canada share responsibilities with their neighbours to the south.

Monday's announcement confirmed what has always been regarded as an open secret amongst FIFA-watchers: that a bid from the North America region for 2026 was inevitable.

Mexico has staged the finals twice, the last time in 1986, while newcomers Canada held the 2015 Women's World Cup.

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Though Montagliani said a joint, three-country bid would be a good "fit", he acknowledged that no decision has been made, and probably will not be made until the end of the year.

The joint bid comes at a time when United States and Mexican relations are strained, after American President Donald Trump pledged to build a wall along the border in a bid to curb illegal immigration.

The United States, Mexico and Canada have officially launched a bid to jointly host the 2026 World Cup.

It seems like the most likely scenario is all three countries receiving auto-bids, with the rest of CONCACAF competing for three or four spots in the expanded tournament.

"I was hoping for a USA -hosted World Cup, remembering 1994 and how that changed US soccer forever, and I wanted a 2026 version of the United States to also alone reap the benefits of what a men's World Cup can do", he said. Only one previous World Cup - the 2002 tournament shared by South Korea and Japan - has had multiple hosts.

The 2026 World Cup is nine years away but the next two already have a host, Russian Federation and Qatar. Here's what you need to know about the bid.

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

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