United States to benefit most from 2026 World Cup bid

Apr 16, 2017, 02:08
United States to benefit most from 2026 World Cup bid

United States of America (USA), Mexico and Canada officially launched their bid campaign on Monday to co-host 2026 FIFA World Cup, ESPN reported.

Mexico football federation (FMF) general secretary Guillermo Cantu believes that El Tri will be at home in the 2026 World Cup, should the CONCACAF joint bid succeed, even though the vast majority of the matches would be played outside of Mexico.

The three countries unveiled a joint bid on Monday to host the tournament, which would be the first edition held in North America since U.S.A. 1994.

"The president is fully supportive and has encouraged us", United States Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said.

"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." .

From the perspective of the CONCACAF it does good as there is also the thought about how a joint bid would benefit the entire region, and not just a single country.

"We think with 80 games and a qualifying tournament, we have an ability to play at far more venues than has ever been the case", Gulati added. "We are not at all concerned at some of the concerns that some people may raise", Gulati said.

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The United States last hosted the World Cup in 1994, which had the highest average attendance in the tournament's history. Following on the boring destinations Russian Federation and Qatar are seemingly set to provide as the next two World Cup hosts, we're gonna need it.

It's a little more hard to imagine where Canada will host matches.

In addition to a larger field, the 2026 World Cup will be awarded using a different voting process.

Gulati believes the infrastructure in North America, including multiple newly constructed National Football League stadiums, is key to the bid being selected. "This will be an extraordinarily successful World Cup on financial and economic grounds". FIFA is football's world governing body. It later confirmed that the previous two World Cup hosts, Europe and Asia, will not be eligible to bid.

The U.S. participated in the 2018 and 2022 bidding contest but lost in a hotly disputed vote that sparked corruption investigations.

Africa, whose only World Cup was in South Africa in 2010, however, would be able to bid and Morocco is the most likely candidate.

Among the possible venues in the U.S. are MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (82,500 capacity, opened in 2010); AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (80,000, 2009); Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California (68,500, 2014); Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts (66,000, 2002); and Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (69,500 in 2003).