World Cup In USA, Mexico And Canada Is A Go-Go

The football federations of the United States, Mexico and Canada announced that they will make a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Gulati said the initial plan was for 60 of the 80 World Cup games to be played in the United States, with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 each.

US Soccer President, Sunil Gulati, said earlier today that they have the full support of the US government in this project.

But Gulati insists the president, who was installed late 2016, is supportive of the joint effort.

Gulati maintained that he's "not at all concerned about some of the issues that other people may raise".

From the perspective of the CONCACAF it does good as there is also the thought about how a joint bid would benefit the entire region, and not just a single country.

Such tensions are at odds with the apparent glowing endorsement by Trump of Mexico's participation in a World Cup bid that now faces no competitors.

The officials said the three-country bid would save money and help each country promote football at home.

The 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation is expected to bring in $5.5 billion for worldwide soccer's governing body, including money from ticket sales, sponsorship and media rights.

In May, Fifa announced a four-stage bidding process for the 2026 tournament with a final decision in May 2020. "This will be an extraordinarily successful World Cup on financial and economic grounds". Mexico previously hosted the tournament in 1970 and 1986, while Canada hosted the women's World Cup in 2015.

But when the tournament expanded from 32 to 48 teams - beginning in 2026 - the competition likely became too big for Canada to host the event alone.

Gulati didn't directly mention President Donald Trump in that particular remark, but the impact of the policies of the fledging administration on a World Cup bid involving feuding neighbors was a constant theme during the event atop the Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan. But under the proposals, the U.S. will host 75 percent of them.

"A World Cup in North America, with 60 games in the United States, will be by far the most successful World Cup in the history of Federation Internationale de Football Association in terms of economics", he said. All matches from the quarter-finals onwards would be in the U.S. which hosted in 1994.

The World Cup has never been hosted by three countries - Japan and South Korea shared the honors in 2002 - but most of the tournament would take place in the USA, where 60 of the 80 games are scheduled to be played, with Canada and Mexico splitting the other 20 games evenly.

But the governing body went back on that decision a year ago, saying it will permit joint bids if they are from members of the same organizing committee. Europe has 55 members in the Congress, Africa 54, Asia 46, Concacaf 35, Oceania 11 and South America 10.

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