USA, Canada and Mexico announce joint bid to host tournament
12 April, 2017, 01:27 | Author: Nora May
Last month, Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino raised concerns about an American World Cup bid over the Trump administration's travel ban of Muslim-majority countries.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first with the expanded 48-team format, requiring facilities and infrastructure that Gulati believes the three countries are uniquely suited to fulfill.
The U.S., Canada and Mexico submitted a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup on Monday.
The World Cup has taken place in Mexico twice - in 1970 and 1986 - while the United States was the venue for the 1994 edition.
If successful, it would be the first World Cup to be held in three countries and only the second multi-nation tournament following Japan and South Korea in 2002.
The Women's World Cup has twice been hosted by the United States, in 1999 and 2003, and once by Canada in 2015.
"There will be 80 games, three quarters of which would be played in the United States and 10 games in each of Canada and Mexico", Gulati confirmed.
At the press conference today, the president of U.S. Soccer felt compelled to say in his opening remarks what Trump thought of the bid. The United States last hosted the World Cup in 1994. Since then, every continent except Australia (which is a member of the Asian Football Confederation) has hosted at least one World Cup. "[The 2026] World Cup is ten years away and a lot of things can change, including presidents".
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Earlier this year, Trump signed directives to begin building a wall along U.S. border with Mexico and crack down on USA cities that shield undocumented immigrants. The expansion will begin after the World Cups in Russian Federation and Qatar.
US soccer chief Sunil Gulati said the football federation has the support of President Donald Trump.
The bid provides a stark contrast to President Donald Trump's promise to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Canada is yet to host the event. According to Gulati, the USA will host 60 games. Mexico and Canada will split the remaining 20 games equally.
Following the presentation, Gulati, Mexican federation president Decio de Maria and Canada Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani, who is also CONCACAF president, signed a memorandum of understanding to join forces in the bid.
US President Donald Trump, who has vowed to build a wall at the US border with Mexico, reportedly supports the joint bid. Brazil in South America hosted in 2014 and South Africa was the site of the 2010 event. Europe has 55 members in the Congress, Africa 54, Asia 46, Concacaf 35, Oceania 11 and South America 10.
It may still be nearly a decade away, but the 2026 World Cup is already in sight for many teams.
As of right now, no other nations have formally announced their ambitions to hosts the tournament, although Colombia is reported to be interested in tabling a bid. "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".
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