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USA, Mexico, Canada to make historic joint bid for World Cup 2026

The United States, Mexico, and Canada announced they want to write World Cup history as the three biggest members of CONCACAF stated they will make a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Only once in World Cup history did the event had more than one host, when South Korea and Japan jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup.

World Cup 2026 will be the first edition to have the expanded number of teams from 32 to 48, meaning it will have more games and a longer tournament.

If successful, Mexico and Canada will host 10 games each and the United States will host 60 games, including all games from the quarter-final and the succeeding fixtures.

“The United States, Mexico and Canada have individually demonstrated their exceptional abilities to host world-class events,” said US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati.

“When our nations come together as one – as we will for 2016 – there is no question the United States, Mexico and Canada will deliver an experience that will celebrate the game and serve players, supporters and partners alike.”

Mexico has hosted the World Cup twice, in 1970 and 1986, while US hosted the 1994 edition. Canada hosted the women’s World Cup in 2015.

The joint bid is the first official bid made for the 2026 World Cup, though other nations have been rumored to make bids.

Colombia has made unofficial announcement to include hosting the event in their national budget, while Australia and New Zealand have been entertaining the notion of making a joint bid for the 2026 or 2030 World Cup.