Trump said to back US-led bid for World Cup 2026
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 21:44
"The U.S. was at the same point we are now 20 years ago in terms of changing the game into a real professional entity".
There hasn't been a men's World Cup in the CONCACAF region (North America, Central American, and the Caribbean) since 1994, when the US hosted alone.
That sense of certainty hardened a year ago, when FIFA's council ruled that neither Europe nor Asia would be eligible to run for the 2026 tournament on the grounds that the regions are hosting the next two World Cups.
Mexico became the first country to host the World Cup on two occasions, doing so in 1970 and 1986. Following on the tiresome destinations Russian Federation and Qatar are seemingly set to provide as the next two World Cup hosts, we're gonna need it.
Trump's support to bring the World Cup back to America shouldn't be all that surprising. The first consists of a strategy and consultation phase which will end next month.
The CONCACAF region is widely viewed as favourite to win the 2026 bid, given Federation Internationale de Football Association rules that restrict Europe and Asia from hosting again so quickly. The third phase, lasting from January 2019 through February 2020 will be a bid evaluation.
In May, Fifa announced a four-stage bidding process for the 2026 tournament with a final decision in May 2020. Previously, the voting power was wielded by an executive ruling committee of around two dozen countries. The 2018 World Cup is scheduled to be in Russian Federation, while the 2022 World Cup is slated for Qatar, human rights violations be damned. Trump's politics are important to this bid.
"We have the full support of the United States government in this project", Gulati said.
The 2026 tournament will be the first to be decided under the new system.
"This is a milestone day for US Soccer and for Concacaf", Gulati said in a statement issued shortly after Monday's announcement.
"A World Cup in North America, with 60 games in the United States, will be by far the most successful World Cup in the history of Federation Internationale de Football Association in terms of economics", he said. He is especially pleased that Mexico is part of this bid... "The president is fully supportive and in the last few days we've received even more strong encouragement from President Trump. The president of America is totally supporting and supported us to get this combined bid", included Gulati.
The only other time multiple nations have hosted the World Cup was in 2002, when it was held by South Korea and Japan.
The World Cup has taken place in Mexico twice - in 1970 and 1986 - while the USA was the site for the 1994 version.
The U.S. participated in the 2018 and 2022 bidding contest but lost in a hotly disputed vote that sparked corruption investigations.