USA, Canada and Mexico have announced they will make a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

The announcement was made Monday afternoon in a press conference hosted by the federations of the three countries at One World Observatory in New York.

The bid also comes at a time while the current US president, Donald Trump, has implemented an aggressive stance on immigration enforcement and wants to build a wall at the US-Mexico border. “We have the full support of the United States government in this project,” United States Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said. “The President of the United States is fully supportive and encouraged us to have this joint bid. He is especially pleased that Mexico is part of this bid — and that’s in the last few days we’ve gotten further encouragement on that.

some of the artificial playing surfaces in the women’s tournament two years ago were criticized as being unsafe for the players, and in announcing the bid, the committee tried to reinforce that appropriate measures for player safety would be adopted.

“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.”

European and Asian countries cannot bid for the 2026 World Cup due to world governing body Fifa’s rotation policy, which means the previous two host confederations – Europe in 2018 and Asia in 2022 – are excluded.

The new-look tournament will begin with an initial round of 16 three-team groups, with 32 qualifiers going through to the knockout stage.

Gulati said that President Trump is “supportive” of the bid and had “encouraged” it.

“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.”

European and Asian countries cannot bid for the 2026 World Cup due to world governing body Fifa’s rotation policy, which means the previous two host confederations – Europe in 2018 and Asia in 2022 – are excluded.

The new-look tournament will begin with an initial round of 16 three-team groups, with 32 qualifiers going through to the knockout stage. Instead, it will establish a shortlist before the 209 member nations of Fifa cast a vote for their preferred choice. n January, FIFA announced it would expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams starting in 2026.

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