The United States Soccer Federation, together with the Mexican and Canadian soccer federations, announced their plans for a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup tournament. This is a joint effort to bring the world's largest sporting event to North American soil. The last time the U.S. hosted the World Cup was in 1994.
New Jersey and New York City were identified as a potential host. As everyone knows, there is no shortage of world-class stadiums in the United States, especially in New York City and New Jersey.
We still have nine more years to go. Stadiums will be revamped and new ones can be built as well. However, you can bet MetLife Stadium (one of the biggest stadiums in the United States) is going to be featured in 2026 World Cup event. With its capacity of 82 500, it will be one of the best venues to watch your favorite football stars in the future.
Despite the joint effort by the three nations to bring the popular world cup games in America, these nations will not be able to know whether or not their combined bid is successful until 2020. FIFA has also announced that 48 teams will participate in 2026 world cup instead of the typical 32 teams.
South Korea and Japan hosted world cup tournament in 2002. If the combined bid by the U.S. Mexico and Canada will be successful, most of the games will be played in New York City. Sixty of the eighty games will be played in the U.S. The other twenty games will be played in Mexico and Canada. This is according to the U.S. soccer federation president Sonil Gulati.
The U.S. solo attempt to host the 2018 World Cup was not successful. But now Gulati believes the joint bid by the three neighboring countries has a greater chance.
The joint effort by the three North American countries was also boosted by FIFA's announcement that it will lock out some rival nations. FIFA said that it would bar football federations in Asia and Europe from bidding for 2016. This decision has locked out some of the biggest American rivals like China, Italy and England from hosting the 2026 World Cup. This is due to the fact that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup tournament and Qatar will host the 2022 tournament.
FIFA will now review the bids and issue announcement by March 2018. The final vote that will determine who host the 2026 event will be held three months after that announcement.
Chile seemingly wants to consider a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup with other South American countries. According to the president of Chile's football association, Arturo Salah, Chile is considering doing it with two or three countries.
However, North American countries are more likely to be considered by FIFA. Brazil (a South American) country hosted the event in 2014. So it is quite unlikely that Chile will be awarded the chance to host the 2026 event. Colombia and Morocco have confirmed their interest to host the event too.