The US, Mexico and Canada have announced they are making a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, aiming to become the first three-way co-hosts in the history of FIFA’s showpiece tournament.
Sunil Gulati, US Soccer Federation chief, who announced the bid in New York with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts on Monday, insisted they had the full backing of President Donald Trump, despite the US leader’s rocky relations with Mexico.
Earlier this year, Trump signed directives to begin building a wall along US border with Mexico and crack down on US cities that shield undocumented immigrants.
The 2026 tournament, if awarded to the three countries, would produce the biggest financial boon ever for FIFA, said Gulati.
No nation from CONCACAF, the governing body for football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, has hosted the tournament since the United States in 1994.
The 1994 tournament remains the most attended World Cup in history, with just over 3.5 million fans flocking to its 52 games, an average of 68,991 per match.