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 announcement is set for 2 p.m. ET. Montagliani feels the three-country bid will "fit" the larger format.
The Usa will join Canada and Mexico in a threeway play to host the 2026 World Cup, the head of the organization that regulates worldwide football in North and Central America.
Mexico has put on two World Cups, the last in 1986, while Canada was site of the 2015 Women's World Cup.
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CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani has been privately sounding out the 41 federations within the region regarding the "League of Nations" plan, which would effectively eliminate friendlies.
Speaking to the Guardian ahead of Concacaf's annual congress, the association's president, Victor Montagliani said: "Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are aiming for a joint bid". CONCACAF now gets three automatic slots and its fourth-place team advances to a playoff for another.
Even so, by 2026 it would have been 32 years since a CONCACAF country hosted the World Cup. The countries have the infrastructure and the Mexico hosted in 1970 and 1986, plus the US was the host country in 1994, the CONCACAF nation to do so.
Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl reported in March that the usa would officially announce a bid this month, likely with Mexico and the US, and that the CONCACAF region was the favourite to host the world's largest sporting event.
The FIFA Council has already agreed on a four-phase process for bidding for the 2026 tournament.
Why make a joint bid when the US, Canada, and Mexico could host the tournament on their own?.
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