Representatives from the U.S., Mexico and Canada soccer federations made a historic announcementMonday afternoon, confirming the three CONCACAF nations will be submitting a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati was joined by Mexico's Decio De Maria andCanada'sVictor Montagliani at the top of One World Trade Center to publicly declare their intention of bringing the world's largest soccer competition to North America.
Europe and Asia are out of the bidding race because countries from from those regions are set to host the next two World Cups (Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022). No African nations have shown interest in hosting, while South America held theWorld Cup in Brazil in 2014.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first edition in the new 48-team, 80-game format. FIFA announced last year that bids will be evaluated from January 2019 to February 2020, with the decision coming in May 2020.
Mexico hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986 before the U.S. hosted the 1994 tournament — the most recent World Cup in CONCACAF. Canada, which has never hosted the World Cup but found success with the 2015 Women's World Cup, made its only appearance in1986.
The World Cup, which occurs every four years, has only had multiple countries co-host the event once before. Back in 2002, Japan and South Korea teamed up to bring the World Cup to Asia for the first time.