Just days after FIFA's councilby the United States, Mexico and Canada soccer federations to accelerate the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup, the world soccer governing body has officially given others three months to present their bids.
FIFA Congress approves procedure for selection of 2026 FIFA World Cup host— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) May 11, 2017
Aiming to speed things up by proving that the North American bid is far and away the best suited to host the 2026 cup, which will feature 48 teams for the first time, the U.S., Mexico and Canada seem confident that no other bid will look better than this one. Based on the rule change, the bid could be awarded by next year before the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with other prospective bids given less time to present theirs.
According to ESPNFC, rival bids have three months to submit their plan for hosting the cup. It's unclear who could try and bid for this World Cup, but .
Thursday's news basically shortens the road for other nations that would like to host the cup, but in a bad way. It will force many to speed things up on their side to present a bid that would rival the U.S., which seems unlikely.