A joint bid from Mexico, the United States and Canada to host the enlarged 2026 World Cup is expected to be finalised this year for submission to Fifa, according to Victor Montagliani, the president of the region’s Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf).
Montagliani said that Canada, the US and Mexico the idea of a joint bid has been around for a while and it is a very exciting proposition if it comes to fruition,” “We have had nothing but positive remarks about it and it is a very strong sign of what football can do to bring countries together.”
Evaluation of countries’ suitability by FIFA is scheduled for January 2019 to February 2020, with the final decision to be taken at Fifa’s congress in May 2020. Concacaf’s proposed joint bid is considered by far the early favourite to host the tournament, which has not been held in the region since the US World Cup of 1994.
Although each country individually would have the infrastructure to host the World Cup alone, Montagliani said, a joint bid would be “a fit” with the new 48-country, 80-game format of the 2026 tournament. A final decision is likely to be taken “sometime this year”.