US, Canada and Mexico confirm joint 2026 World Cup hosting bid

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

Mexico and the United States both have hosted the World Cup before, twice in Mexico in 1970 & 1986 and once in the U.S. in 1994 which was a huge success.

Another U.S. president will be in the White House in 2026, but Infantino felt compelled to reiterate the requirements for any country looking to host FIFA's showcase event, which will be expanded from 32 to 48 teams after the 2022 tournament in Qatar. Countries in Europe and Asia are excluded from running due to Fifa's continental rotation policy, with Russian Federation and Qatar hosting 2018 and 2022 respectively.

Sunil Gulati, left, President of the United States Soccer Federation, Decio de Maria, center, President of the Mexican Football Federation, and Victor Montagliani, President of the Canadian Soccer Association, hold a news conference, Monday, April 10, 2017, in NY.

Gulati said the initial plan was for 60 of the 80 World Cup games to be played in the USA, with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 each. If their bid finally becomes successful, it would just be the second time the tournament has multiple hosts after the 2002 World Cup which was co-hosted by Japan and South Korea.

The United States will received the bulk of the tournament's games, as expected-the U.S.is already CONCACAF's go-to country, with so many immigrants living there-but there are complications. That could rule out the Rose Bowl-the host of the last U.S. World Cup final in 1994-as a final site.

Gulati believes the infrastructure in North America, including multiple newly constructed National Football League stadiums, is key to the bid being selected.

"We have the full support of the United States government in this project", Sunil Gulati said in his opening remarks. He added that the president of the United States is fully supportive and encouraged them to have the joint bid.

Even though the CONCACAF joint bid is the frontrunner, history shows that anything can happen.

Canada hosted the 2015 Women's World Cup, which was deemed a success both on and off the field. Other countries have this year and part of next year to submit their bids.

"[The president] is especially pleased that Mexico is part of this bid". The country did host the Women's World Cup two years ago.

A FIFA World Cup Brasil football. "We are not at all concerned at some of the concerns that some people may raise", Gulati said.

The 2018 men's World Cup is set for Russian Federation with the 2022 tournament headed to Qatar.