US, Canada, Mexico ask FIFA for faster World Cup bid process

Victor Montagliani left President of the Canadian Soccer Association Sunil Gulati center President of the United States Soccer Federation and Decio de Maria President of the Mexican Football Federation show their unified bid to co-host the 2026 Wo

US, Canada, Mexico ask FIFA for faster World Cup bid process

"The US, Mexico and Canada have individually demonstrated their exceptional abilities to host world-class events", added Gulati.

Sunil Gulati President of United States Soccer Federation attends a press conference on April 10 at the One World Trade Center in NY.

The proposal, which would see the USA host 60 matches while Mexico and Canada take on 10 games each, comes amid political tension in the region.

The proposal would be for the United States to host 60 matches, with 10 games each in Canada and Mexico. In that year, South Korea and Japan hosted the World Cup.

However the prospect of a fresh American bid gathered momentum in 2014 after the World Cup in Brazil.

The North American bid is bolstered by a fleet of gleaming new National Football League stadiums built over the past two decades that are suitable for global matches.

The 10 April announcement was made at One World Observatory in NY on the 102nd and top floor of the One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Toronto's BMO Field - home of Major League Soccer's Toronto FC - is the only multi-purpose stadium in Canada now outfitted with a natural grass playing surface. "[The 2026] World Cup is ten years away and a lot of things can change, including presidents".

"We heard something about Morocco", Gulati said, "but we don't know yet".

Russian Federation will host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar in 2022. "I'd assume this will be the same".

Following the end of a controversial reign over Federation Internationale de Football Association by Sepp Blatter, the organization announced last May a new four-phase process for World Cup bidding. The voting is scheduled to take place in 2020. "It's an event second to none".

Even before Monday's confirmation, the three-way Concacaf bid was widely deemed to be the favourite, particularly since the USA, Canada and Mexico already boast much of the infrastructure and facilities required to host a 48-team tournament.

As of now, the process is quite simple as there are no competing bids to speak. Solo host nations normally earn that privilege.

And that counts for something.

"We announce our bid to bring the World Cup back to the United States, to Canada and Mexico in 2026", US Soccer president Sunil Gulati told a press conference in the 102nd floor observatory of the new World Trade Centre in lower Manhattan.

Mexico has hosted the tournament twice - in 1970 and 1986, while Canada hosted the women's World Cup in 2015.

Victor Montagliani, the Canadian Soccer Association and CONCACAF president, was asked if the playing surfaces in Canada would be natural grass or artificial turf. Yet doubts remain over what impact United States president Donald Trump and the policies of his administration might have on the joint proposal.

"We always kept our options open knowing we could host on our own at 32".

The host of the 2026 World Cup can not come from UEFA or AFC countries, ruling out a European or Asian bid.

"We could host the tournament on our own", United States Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said.

"Frankly, I think a few countries could". The World Cup had seen a huge outpouring of fans in the stadiums as average attendance was above sixty thousand, which was a record in the history of World Cup. Argentina and Uruguay are keen on co-hosting in 2030 to mark the 100-year anniversary of the event that was first staged in Uruguay.

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