Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

United States, Mexico, and Canada launch bid to host 2026 World Cup

United States, Mexico, and Canada launch bid to host 2026 World Cup

Right now, the US bans travel from six countries-none of which are soccer powerhouses, but could qualify under the expanded format.

A source reveals that during their press conference scheduled for Monday in NY, soccer officials from the three countries might announce a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.

Gulati added that the bid had the full support of USA president Donald Trump despite his inflammatory remarks about Mexico in the run-up to last year's election.

"We have the full support of the United States government in this project", Gulati said, as reported by Bryan Armen Graham of The Guardian. "He is especially pleased that Mexico is involved, as for what he said, I'm not going to address that". "We have a strong encouragement from President Trump".

Nothing is set in concrete, as Federation Internationale de Football Association will have its input as the bid process goes on, but it was revealed at the press conference in NY that the bid's proposal is to stage 60 games in the U.S., with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 games each. Trump's politics are important to this bid. With that ban in place, the team and its fans would not be able to travel to the States for the Tournament.

Fifa's executive committee is no longer responsible for the final say on which country is awarded a World Cup.

The 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation is expected to bring in $5.5 billion for global soccer's governing body, including money from ticket sales, sponsorship and media rights. "And then each country can make up their decision, whether they want to bid or not based on the requirements".

A bid from the North America region for 2026 had always been regarded as inevitable by Federation Internationale de Football Association watchers.

At the press conference at One World Trade Center, Gulati acknowledged as much. "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".

More bids are expected to follow but the Mexico-USA-Canada bid is set to be among the favorites.

Soccer leaders from the U.S., Canada and Mexico announced a joint bid to host the expanded 48-team World Cup in 2026, promising an event that would bring in more money than any previous iteration of the world's biggest sporting event.

All three countries have a number of stadiums, now holding American football or soccer, that could work as venues, in addition to tourist infrastructure such as hotels and transportation. The country received praise from Blatter in 2011 who stated, "Colombia is ready for a World Cup". Ultimately, this will still predominantly be a US -led effort.

Gulati also allayed fears about potential immigration problems between the US government and teams traveling to the United States of America for the tournament. Under the current proposal, the US would host the majority of the games, 60, with the other 20 split evenly between Mexico and Canada.

"Canada has already proven itself as a formidable host for the world's game, setting FIFA records for attendance at the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, the men's FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007, and the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™", said Victor Montagliani, president of Canada Soccer and CONCACAF. The United States and Mexico are perennial qualifiers but Canada have only reached the finals once - back in 1986.

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