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OFC’s Chung behind 3-nation bid on 2026 World Cup

Oceania Football Confederation president David Chung has announced that it supports the three-nation bid made by the USA, Canada and Mexico to host the enlarged 48-team World Cup 2026.

In a statement in the OFC website, Chung said it made sense to host the expanded quadrennial event in three countries, who are each well-equipped to stage the event even by itself.

“These three nations have the appropriate infrastructure in place to host the enlarged 48 team, 80 match event,” said Chung, who is also a vice president in FIFA.

“In addition, CONCACAF has not hosted the world’s premier football tournament since 1994, so it makes sense on a rotational basis that the World Cup returns to the Confederation.”

Rules state that the host continents of the previous two World Cups are barred to make another bid for the following World Cup. UEFA’s Russia is hosting World Cup 2018, and AFC’s Qatar is hosting the 2022 edition.

CONMEBOL’s Brazil hosted the 2014 World Cup, while South Africa was awarded the 2010 World Cup.

USA was the last CONCACAF nation to host the World Cup in 1994, though Mexico has already hosted the event twice, once in 1986 and once in 1970. Canada hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

In a letter sent to FIFA last March, the three Concacaf nations proposed that the governing requested their bid be fast-tracked if they can meet the requirements as early as March 31 2018.