U.S. Soccer has announced plans for a press conference on Monday afternoon at New York's One World Trade Center, where the presidents of the U.S., Canadian and Mexican soccer federations will confirm
they will submit a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati
, Canadian Victor Montagliani
, also the Concacaf president, and Mexican Decio
will be on hand for the "historic announcement" at 2 p.m. ET.
Multi-nation bids have been green-lighted by new FIFA president Gianni Infantino
as a way to generate
more bidders capable of organizing a tournament that will be expanded from 32 to 48 teams and 64 to 80 games. There are only a handful of nations -- the USA among them -- that could organize an
expanded World Cup on its own.
But World Cup bidding rules approved by the FIFA Council in October 2026 make it all but certain that the Concacaf bid will prevail. It agreed that UEFA and
Asian confederation members could not bid again for the 2026 World Cup as Russia will host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will organize the 2022 finals.
The only other country that has
expressed interest in bidding is Morocco, which lost out to the USA for the hosting rights to the 1994 World Cup and also failed in its bid for the 1998, 2006 and 2010 finals.
set a four-step process for the determination of the 2026 World Cup host:
-- Strategy and consultation phase (May 2016-May 2017);
-- Enhanced phases for bid preparation (June
-- Bid evaluation (Jan 2019-Feb. 2020);
-- Bid decision (May 2020).