Could the World Cup be coming to the USA, Canada, and Mexico in 2026?
SANTA MONICA- The USA, Canada, and Mexico are making a “historic announcement” in New York on Monday. Rumor is, they will be announcing a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Since the cup has not been held in North America for several decades, they would likely be the favorites to host. However, holding the Cup in three different countries is no easy feat, and some are already saying it is a mistake.
The World Cup has only ever been held in more than one country once. In 2002 South Korea and Japan jointly hosted. Even with only two counties hosting, there were issues dealing with different laws, figuring out where to play the games, and having different customs and visa applications.
However, CONCACAF president, Victory Montagliani is optimistic, saying they “have had nothing but positive remarks about it, and it is a very strong sign of what football can do to bring countries together,” he told the Guardian newspaper. He also confirmed to the Guardian that “Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are aiming for a joint bid,” saying that “the idea has been around for a while, discussions are continuing and it is a very exciting proposition if it comes to fruition.”
We will all have to wait until Monday to hear the formal announcement. The final destination of the 2026 World Cup, however, will not be made official until 2020.
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