Potential Matches in U.S., 10 Each in Mexico, Canada
On Monday afternoon, the presidents of the United States, Canadian and Mexican Soccer Federations made an official announcement at the World Trade Center in New York City regarding a joint bid to tri-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Gulati, during the announcement in NY, said the US will host 60 games-including every game from the quarterfinals-while Mexico and Canada will host 10 games each.
If the bid finally approved, Mexico will be the first country to host the World Cup three times as they hosted the 1970 and 1986 World Cup on previous occasions.
In a press conference from the 102nd floor of One World Trade Center in NY, the three federations announced their campaign to host the first World Cup to be held in multiple countries.
The bid was announced at a press conference in NY attended by the head of CONCACAF, Victor Montagliani, along with US Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati and Mexico counterpart Decio de Maria.
"Now today we are saying hello, hello to something else, and what we are saying hello to is the 2026 World Cup and our efforts to bring that back to the United States, Canada and Mexico".
The World Cup has taken place in Mexico twice - in 1970 and 1986 - while the USA was the venue for the 1994 edition.
But Gulati touted the financial clout of the North American bid.
"We think this is a positive signal and symbol we should do together in unifying people, especially in all three countries".
It also comes at a time when tensions between the USA and Mexico governments is high following US president Donald Trump's promises to build a wall along the border of the two countries, as well as the White House's attempts at instituting a travel ban from certain nations.
Gulati also allayed fears about potential immigration problems between the US government and teams traveling to the United States of America for the tournament.
"He is fully supportive of the joint bid, encouraged the joint bid, and is especially pleased with the fact Mexico is participating in the joint bid".
Even though the CONCACAF joint bid is the frontrunner, history shows that anything can happen.
Here's how the United States, Mexico and Canada would share the 2026 World Cup.
The U.S. will have to make assurances to Federation Internationale de Football Association that every country that qualifies-including potentially Iran, a World Cup regular that was on Trump's travel ban list-will be able to have their teams, fans and media be able to enter the country. The country did host the Women's World Cup two years ago. "In the end, it was a discussion, a negotiation, but a very friendly one", Gulati explained. Mexico hosted the 1986 World Cup while Canada hosted the 2015 Women's World Cup.
Though it would not be the first time countries have split hosting duties (see: the 2002 World Cup), it would be the first time three have done so.
The CONCACAF region is widely viewed as favorite to win the 2026 World Cup, given Federation Internationale de Football Association rules that restrict Europe and Asia from hosting again so quickly.