The 2026 FIFA World Cup could be awarded to Canada, Mexico and the United States without a bidding process, according to a report.
The CONCACAF countries confirmed their plan to bring the tournament to North America at a press conference at One World Trade Centre in NY.
Additionally, this will be the first World Cup played with the expanded format, going from 32 teams to 48 and 64 matches played to 80, so there are more games to share between the three countries. By contrast, a US proposal to host the 2022 tournament called for the construction of no new stadiums and would have permitted roughly two million more spectators to attend the games due to its reliance on larger, existing facilities. "We have a unique opportunity to be the first country to host three World Cups".
The United States Soccer Federation's plans came at a time when President Trump called for a wall to be built along the Mexican border to prevent immigration from the Central American country. "The president is fully supportive and in the last few days we've received even more strong encouragement from President Trump".
U.S. soccer officials had been publicly coy about the possibility of a future World Cup bid since the country lost out to Qatar in the battle for the 2022 tournament at a corruption-tarnished vote in Zurich in 2010.
"We're not at all concerned about some of the issues that other people may raise", he said.
United States of America and Mexico have previously hosted the tournament separately, with the U.S. doing so in 1994 and Mexico staging 1970 and 1986.
Nothing is set in concrete, as Federation Internationale de Football Association will have its input as the bid process goes on, but it was revealed at the press conference in NY that the bid's proposal is to stage 60 games in the United States, with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 games each.More news: Westbrook vs Harden the highlight when NBA playoffs open
Canada's largest arena is Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, which opened in 1978 and was renovated ahead of the 2015 Women's World Cup.
The lone World Cup played in the USA was wildly successful - a 24-team event, registering, by far, the largest average attendance in tournament history (68,991), and helping create Major League Soccer - while Mexico has hosted the tournament on two occasions (1970, 1986), and Canada held the most recent Women's World Cup (2015). Canada staged a widely-praised women's tournament two years ago.
The 2002 World Cup is the only other tournament to be played in multiple countries (Japan and South Korea).
One of the world's grandest and most celebrated sporting events could be coming to North America.
The next location for the showcase soccer tournament will be Russian Federation in 2018, followed by Qatar in 2022.
US Soccer President Sunil Gulati was asked about the impact of Trump's policy toward Mexicans on relations between the countries as he presented the bid alongside his counterparts from Mexico and Canada in NY. For the 2014 World Cup, Brazil had a total of 12 stadiums used as sites for games.
"We have the luxury of being able to pick from stadiums and cities", said Gulati.
All World Cup bids must be submitted by December 2018.