Report: USA, Canada and Mexico will submit a joint bid to host 2026 World Cup

The United States, Mexico and Canada will submit a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani told The Guardian. 

“Canada, the US and Mexico are aiming for a joint bid, the idea has been around for a while, discussions are continuing and it is a very exciting proposition if it comes to fruition,” Montagliani said. “We have had nothing but positive remarks about it and it is a very strong sign of what football can do to bring countries together.”

The report says a bid will be finalized this year. The 2026 World Cup will be the first to feature 48 teams since expansion was announced. Because of the new format, which will feature 80 games, Montagliani said a joint bid would be “a fit.” 

The evaluation of countries as potential hosts is scheduled for January 2019 to February 2020, the report says. A final decision will be made at the FIFA congress in May 2020. 

A bid by the three North American countries has long been seen as the favorite, and the tournament hasn’t been hosted in the region since the U.S. had it in 1994. Mexico hosted in 1986 after it was moved from Colombia due to economic reasons. 

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