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US, Canada, Mexico announce intention to submit unified bid to host 2026 WC

US, Canada, Mexico announce intention to submit unified bid to host 2026 WC

India Blooms News Service | | 11 Apr 2017, 06:31 pm
New York, Apr 11 (IBNS): In a major development, CONCACAF member nations- the United States, Canada and Mexico-have announced their intention to formally submit a unified bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

As per the US Soccer website, the historic unified bid, which would represent the first time that three nations would jointly host a FIFA competition, was announced by U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, CONCACAF and Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani, and Federación Mexicana de Fútbol president Decio de Maria at One World Observatory in New York on the 102nd and top floor of the One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

"This is a milestone day for U.S. Soccer and for CONCACAF,” Gulati was quoted as saying by the website.

“We gave careful consideration to the prospect of bidding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and ultimately feel strongly this is the right thing for our region and for our sport. Along with our partners from the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, we are confident that we will submit an exemplary bid worthy of bringing the FIFA World Cup back to North America. The United States, Mexico and Canada have individually demonstrated their exceptional abilities to host world-class events. When our nations come together as one, as we will for 2026, there is no question the United States, Mexico and Canada will deliver an experience that will celebrate the game and serve players, supporters and partners alike," he said.

2026 will be significant as it will be the first World Cup where  48-team format will be implemented.