US, Mexico, Canada Bid Together to Host Tournament

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The 2026 FIFA World Cup could be awarded to Canada, Mexico and the United States without a bidding process, according to a report.

The announcement was made on the floor of the One World Trade Center in NY on Monday.

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, Mexico's Decio De Maria and Canada's Victor Montagliani announced the unified bid, which would represent the first time three nations jointly host a FIFA competition.

The United States, Canada and Mexico will join forces to bring the world's biggest sporting event to North America.

Locally, Boston served as a host city for the 1994 World Cup (Foxboro Stadium) and the 1999 and 2003 Women's World Cups (Foxboro Stadium and Gillette Stadium, respectively). "He is fully supportive of the joint bid, encouraged the joint bid, and is especially pleased with the fact Mexico is participating in the joint bid".

"To have governmental support is a critical part of a bid". In the last few days we've gotten further encouragement on that.

"So we're not at all concerned about some of the issues that other people may raise".

Mexico (1970) and the United States (1994) have hosted a World Cup, with Mexico doing so again as a fill-in for Colombia in 1986.

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In addition to the 2015 Women's World Cup, Canada has also hosted the 2014 U-20 Women's World Cup, the 2007 U-020 Men's World Cup, and the 1997 U-16 Men's World Cup (now a U-17 event).

"There has never been a World Cup where the host countries have not been qualified", Gulati said.

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

Africa, whose only World Cup was in South Africa in 2010, however, would be able to bid and Morocco is the most likely candidate.

The three countries have more than two years to sort out the many details that go into a bid and are exacerbated by one of this magnitude.

US soccer chief Sunil Gulati said the football federation has the support of President Donald Trump.

Problems have plagued the World Cup since the 2010 selection of the two upcoming sites - Russian Federation (2018) and Qatar (2022), making Europe and Asia ineligible to host in 2026 - prompting investigations of bribery, and returning the voting to the 211 member nations.

"It's obvious when it comes to Federation Internationale de Football Association competitions, any team, including the supporters and officials of that team, who qualify for a World Cup need to have access to the country, otherwise there is no World Cup", Infantino said last month. "The host or hosts will be chosen in May 2020, before the next USA presidential election".

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