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On Tuesday the heads of the national soccer federations of the U.S., Mexico and Canada came together to announce they've launched a joint bid to host the 2026 tournament across all three nations.

The 2026 tournament will be the first to implement Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino's plans for a 48-team World Cup, an increase of 16 teams from Qatar 2022.

US soccer chief Sunil Gulati said the football federation has the support of President Donald Trump.

They also said they had received the backing of US President Donald Trump. The USA, Canada and Mexico have hosted 13 FIFA World Cups combined when including the men's, women's and youth tournaments. Trump's politics are important to this bid.

The three countries have more than two years to sort out the many details that go into a bid and are exacerbated by one of this magnitude. With that ban in place, the team and its fans would not be able to travel to the States for the Tournament.

Forty-eight countries will be split into 16 groups of three, with the top two in each progressing to a 32-nation knock-out round.

The current tournament structure, which will be used in Russian Federation in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, involves 32 teams and 64 matches.

Monday's announcement confirmed what has always been regarded as an open secret amongst FIFA-watchers: that a bid from the North America region for 2026 was inevitable.

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) made the announcement during a press conference at the One World Trade Center in New York City.

"We don't believe that sport can't solve all the issues of the world", Gulati said. The U.S. has submitted failed bids for hosting in 2018 or 2022 with an expected financial cost of $9 million.

If that sounds a somewhat lopsided arrangement, Gulati hinted that both Mexico - which has staged the finals twice - and Canada would ideally have liked more of the pie.

The United States, Canada and Mexico have confirmed they are launching a joint-bid to host the first 48-team World Cup in 2026. And, if successful, it would be just the second World Cup held in multiple countries (2002 in Korea and Japan was the first).

Gulati noted how hosting the 1994 World Cup helped kick-start soccer in the U.S. According to Sports Illustrated, the US joined with its neighbors due to FIFA's concerns that President Trump's immigration restrictions could create problems for traveling players and fans.

The proposal would be for the US to host 60 matches, with 10 games each in Canada and Mexico.

North America hasn't played host since the USA held the event in 1994 and drew nearly 3.6 million people to stadiums across the country - still a World Cup record despite the fact that only 24 nations competed at the time.


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