Houston (CBS Houston) – Three members of CONCACAF, the United States, Mexico and Canada have declared their intent to bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
If awarded the World Cup, it would be the first time that three countries would host the event.
“This is a milestone day for U.S. Soccer and for CONCACAF. We gave careful consideration to the prospect of bidding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and ultimately feel strongly this is the right thing for our region and for our sport. Along with our partners from the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, we are confident that we will submit an exemplary bid worthy of bringing the FIFA World Cup back to North America. The United States, Mexico and Canada have individually demonstrated their exceptional abilities to host world-class events. When our nations come together as one, as we will for 2026, there is no question the United States, Mexico and Canada will deliver an experience that will celebrate the game and serve players, supporters and partners alike,” U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said.
The last time the United States hosted the World Cup was in 1994, and was the highest attended World Cup in history. It also helped the launch of the MLS in 1996.
“For the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, and the entire Mexican soccer family, it is a source of pride to be candidates, along with the United States and Canada, to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026. “We have a unique opportunity to be the first country to host three World Cups. As such we are filled with pride and committed to make it the best ever. Mexico has been recognized for being a magnificent host of past FIFA events, such as the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, the 1999 Confederations Cup, the 2011 Under-17 World Cup, and most recently the 2016 FIFA Congress. If we are selected to host, it will be an honor to welcome everyone with open arms,” said Federacion Mexicana de Futbol president Decio de Maria.
Also of note is that the 2026 World Cup will be the first with the expanded 48-team format, which could help the cause for the three countries to host a larger field.
“Canada Soccer is honored to partner with fellow CONCACAF member associations USA and Mexico to bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Canada is the only remaining G-8 nation to have not hosted a FIFA World Cup despite our history of success in raising the bar for youth and women’s FIFA tournaments. We look forward to continuing our successful collaboration with fellow CONCACAF member associations U.S. Soccer and Federación Mexicana de Fútbol under the FIFA Council principles for joint bids and to continue our tradition of hosting record-breaking international events,” added Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani.
The next two World Cup hosts have already been determined with Russia hosting in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.