US, Canada, Mexico call Monday press conference for "historic announcement"

The Guardian spoke with CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani, who confirmed what has always been speculated: the U.S., Mexico, and Canada plan on submitting a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

"Canada, the USA and Mexico are aiming for a joint bid, the idea has been around for a while, discussions are continuing and it is a very exciting proposition if it comes to fruition", Montagliani told the Guardian. According to Montagliani, each of the three countries has the infrastructure to host the tournament on its own, but that a joint bid would be "a fit" with FIFA's new format.

More details will be forth-coming on the 2026 World Cup bid, as we still don't know what the potential host cities would be. If successful, the tournament will be hosted by Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In a news release, CONCACAF said the countries will be making a "historic announcement".

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani has been privately sounding out the 41 federations within the region regarding the "League of Nations" plan, which would effectively eliminate friendlies.

It had been rumored for a significant period of time that the United States, Canada, and Mexico were contemplating placing a joint bid to bring the World Cup back to North America, but today the three countries took the first formal step to make it official.


The FIFA Council agreed in January to expand the current the 32-country tournament to 48 teams split into 16 groups of three.

Per the report, the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup will get under way in June. The country also hosted 2016's Copa America Centenario across 10 cities, building their portfolio of high-profile global tournaments. CONCACAF now gets three automatic slots and its fourth-place team advances to a playoff for another. For now, the U.S., Mexico and Canada haven't even officially said they will bid together, but they appear set to do so on Monday.

"We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup because we have to think about sustainability long-term", Infantino told the media earlier this year, as quoted by The Independent.

Federation Internationale de Football Association is considering a plan in which CONCACAF would have six automatic berths, and the three co-hosts would get three of those under the proposal.

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