FIFA World Cup coming to Canada?

Although FIFA has final say on the match schedule, the bid also proposes playing all knockout games from the quarterfinals and later in the United States.

The United States, Canada and Mexico are joining forces to bid for the 2026 World Cup.

After the United States, Mexico and Canada announced their plan to bid together to host the 2026 World Cup on Monday, there came a frequent question.

Trump's much-publicised promise to build a wall along the US-Mexico border has frayed relations between the two countries, while there are concerns that his administration's ban on immigration from certain Muslim-majority nations could imperil the joint Concacaf bid.

So there you have it. Trump definitely loves both soccer and Mexico. Fox Sports characterized the 1994 games as playing "a pivotal part in accelerating the growth of the game in the U.S". The Copa America Centenario - held in the United States last summer - stages its final at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, but there are no shortage of grounds, in various cities, that could fit the bill.

The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president has heightened political tensions with neighbours Mexico, but Gulati insisted Trump supported and actively encouraged their involvement in the bid.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"I believe, like Sunil said, this is not a forum to talk about politics, it's a forum to talk about soccer", he said in Spanish.

Another of those issues are Trump's plans - since stopped by courts - to bar new visas for people from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.

It may still be nearly a decade away, but the 2026 World Cup is already in sight for many teams. After the controversial December 2010 vote that awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups - now the subject of a criminal investigation by Swiss authorities - the decision was returned to the broader voting body of 211 members.

Gulati, anxious that might not be specific enough, continued. But with the final set to take place in the US, Mexico City's Azteca Stadium will not be able to stage its third World Cup final, after hosting the 1970 and 1986 showpiece games.

Mexico and Canada would have to settle for 10 games each. "We have a unique opportunity to be the first country to host three World Cups".

The FC panel examine the arguments for and against a joint 2026 World Cup bid from the USA perspective. "Whatever we need to do to make sure that we navigate that, we'll do it to make sure that we get a World Cup in Concacaf".

The hosting rights are due to be awarded by Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2020.

The joint North American bid has been discussed for a few years by the continent's soccer officials.

US Soccer's corporate headquarters is in Chicago and news of Monday's announcement was sent out while the local MLS club, the Chicago Fire, were taking on their rival Columbus Crew at Toyota Park. The president has also backed a joint Argentina-Uruguay bid for the 2030 World Cup, which would be the tournament's 100th anniversary. Europe and Asia are not eligible to bid this time because they hosted recent games. But under the proposals, the United States will host 75 percent of them. Ultimately, this will still predominantly be a USA -led effort.

  • Julie Sanders