The United States, Canada and Mexico have submitted an historic bid to jointly host the 2026 FIFA World Cup throughout North America.
Should the bid be successful, the tournament would mark the first FIFA World Cup to be hosted in three nations and second to be co-hosted after the 2002 tournament in the Korean Republic and Japan.
Combined, the USA, Canada and Mexico have successfully hosted 13 FIFA events, which is the most of any trio of geographically connected nations in the world.
That figure includes six different FIFA World Cups (three Men’s and three Women’s) as well as six youth World Cups and the FIFA Confederations Cup.
The 48-team competition will comprise a total of 80 games, with 60 to be held in the United States and an additional 10 each in Canada and Mexico.
The proposed format would also see the USA host all games from the Quarter finals to the Final.
The decision on who will host the event will be made in 2020.
That is three years later than originally scheduled because of corruption allegations surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.
The USA staged the 1994 World Cup, which had the highest average attendance in the tournament’s history, while Mexico was the first nation to host the event twice, in 1970 and 1986. Canada hosted the 2015 women’s World Cup.
US Soccer President Sunil Gulati said:
This is a milestone day for US 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 Canada 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.
European and Asian countries cannot bid for the 2026 World Cup due to FIFA’s rotation policy, which means the previous two host confederations – Europe in 2018 and Asia in 2022 – are excluded.