Monday, 19 February, 2018

U.S., Canada, Mexico Bid Proposes Most Lucrative World Cup Ever

Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 16:43

A return to North America, with 60 games in the U.S. and 10 each in Mexico and Canada, would be "by far the most successful World Cup in the history of FIFA in terms of economics", U.S. Soccer Federation head Sunil Gulati told reporters in NY.

In a press conference from the 102nd floor of One World Trade Center in NY, the three federations announced their campaign to host the first World Cup to be held in multiple countries.

The bid was announced at a press conference in NY attended by the head of CONCACAF, Victor Montagliani, along with US Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati and Mexico counterpart Decio de Maria.

After the United States, Mexico and Canada announced their plan to bid together to host the 2026 World Cup on Monday, there came a frequent question.

The U.S., Canada and Mexico submitted a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup on Monday. The nation also hosted the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, both of which were won by Mexico. The U.S has been to 10, including one as host (1994). The U.S. participated in the 2018 and 2022 bidding contest but lost in a hotly disputed vote that sparked corruption investigations. The president has also backed a joint Argentina-Uruguay bid for the 2030 World Cup, which would be the tournament's 100th anniversary.

The 2026 tournament, if awarded to the three countries, would produce the biggest financial boon ever for Federation Internationale de Football Association, said Gulati.

Gulati said the issue of host qualification is ultimately up to the FIFA Council, but added: "What I can say is there has never been a World Cup where the host country or host countries have not been automatically qualified for the World Cup".

It is worth noting that because of U.S. Presidential term limits, President Trump will not be the current president by the time the 2026 World Cup takes place. "And that's in the last few days we've gotten further encouragement on that".

It would be the first time the games were hosted by more than one country since Japan and South Korea hosted them in 2002.

The overriding emotion from this announcement was one of togetherness as Gulati acknowledged the usa could have easily bid to host this tournament on its own but cited the desire to grow the game across the CONCACAF region as well as bringing the three nations together.

The CONCACAF region is widely viewed as favourite to win the 2026 World Cup, given Federation Internationale de Football Association rules that restrict Europe and Asia from hosting again so quickly.

"We have the full support of the United States government in this project, : said Gulati". It also comes at a time when tensions between the US and Mexico governments is high following USA president Donald Trump's promises to build a wall along the border of the two countries, as well as the White House's attempts at instituting a travel ban from certain nations.

The last time the Games were held in North America was in 1994 when the United States hosted for the first time.

The three nations have hosted 13 FIFA World Cups combined (Men's, Women's and Youth), which is more than any other trio of geographically connected nations, and set attendance records for five of those events.