CONCACAF member nations – the US, Canada and Mexico – made it official, announcing their intention to formally submit a unified bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which would mark the first time that three nations would jointly host a FIFA competition. The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the first with the expanded 48-team format, “requiring facilities and infrastructure that these countries are uniquely suited to fulfill,” according to the release, with the US hosting 60 games (including all games from the quarterfinals on) while Mexico and Canada get 10 each.
“This is a milestone day for U.S. Soccer and for CONCACAF,” said U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati. “We gave careful consideration to the prospect of bidding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and ultimately feel strongly this is the right thing for our region and for our sport. Along with our partners from the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federacion Mexicana de Futbol, we are confident that we will submit an exemplary bid worthy of bringing the FIFA World Cup back to North America. The United States, Mexico and Canada have individually demonstrated their exceptional abilities to host world-class events. When our nations come together as one, as we will for 2026, 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.”