Decio de Maria President of the Mexican Football Federatio attends a press conference announcing the next soccer 2026 World Cup in North America on April 10, 2017 at the One World Trade Center in New York.
The United States, Mexico and Canada announced a joint bid to stage the 2026 World Cup on Monday, aiming to become the first three-way co-hosts in the history of FIFA's showpiece tournament. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Decio de Maria President of the Mexican Football Federatio attends a press conference announcing the United States, Mexico, and Canada’s joint bid to stage the 2026 World Cup, aiming to become the first three-way co-hosts in the history of FIFA’s showpiece tournament. (KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Call it the NAFTA of World Cup bids.
The United States, Canada, and Mexico have announced a joint bid to win the right to host the 2026 World Cup. While two nations have hosted the World Cup together previously — see Japan and South Korea in 2002 — this would be unprecedented. The U.S. would host roughly 60 of the tournament’s 80 games, with Canada and Mexico each hosting 10.
The World Cup will be uniquely complex that year, as that is when it is scheduled to expand to 48 teams.
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