The U.S., Mexico, and Canada all want to host the 2026 World Cup. But they're not rivals. They want to host it together.
The president of Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), Victor Montagliani, announced the long-rumored joint bid to host soccer's biggest event Thursday, The Guardian reports.
It would be the second joint hosting of a World Cup after Japan and South Korea hosted the 2002 event.
No new joint bids have been attempted due to the political difficulties involved. But since Gianni Infantino replaced Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, he has sought more joint bids to bring more nations onto soccer's biggest stage.
It behooves football and leaders of football to deal with it and rise above it.
Montagliani was candid about the political challenges, particularly President Trump's proposed border wall. But he said the game could transcend a border wall.
Each country already has the infrastructure to host the entire tournament alone. A final decision on the host nation(s) is set for later this year.
Despite the logistical and political challenges, CONCACAF's bid is an early favorite, The Guardian reports. The U.S. was set to host the 2022 World Cup, but Qatar won the honors instead. No North American nation has hosted since 1994.
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