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03 .FIFA World Cup - Bids 11 (Canada–Mexico–United States 2026 FIFA World Cup bid)

03 .FIFA World Cup - Bids 11 (Canada–Mexico–United States 2026 FIFA World Cup bid)

Canada–Mexico–United States 2026 FIFA World Cup bid

Canada–Mexico–United States 2026

USA-Canada-Mexico 2026 World Cup Bid Logo (local).png
The bid logo for the United 2026 World Cup Bid

The Canada–Mexico–United States 2026 FIFA World Cup bid, branded United 2026, is a joint bid among Canada, Mexico, and the United States to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. It is competing with Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup bid for hosting rights. On April 10, 2017, the soccer federation presidents of Canada, Mexico and the United States announced that they would submit a joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. This would be the first World Cup to be hosted in three countries and the first since 2002 to be held in multiple nations.

The United States would host 60 of the 80 matches while Canada and Mexico would host 10 matches each. There are currently 23 candidate host cities (three in Canada, three in Mexico, and 17 in the United States) in the bid and, if the bid is successful, then the number of host cities in the three countries will be cut down over time to 16, according to the bid book (three in Canada, three in Mexico, and 10 in the United States). All matches from the quarterfinals forward including World Cup Final would take place in the United States.


The three soccer federations of Canada, Mexico and the United States announced interest to submit a bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup years before the federations intended to unify their efforts.

In July 2012, Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani confirmed plans for a Canadian bid, saying: "We have verbally told FIFA that when the bid process begins for the next available World Cup, which would be the 2026 World Cup, that the CSA will be one of the countries putting in a formal proposal". At the time the bid was announced, Canada had hosted the men's 1987 Under-16 World Championship and the U-20 World Cups for both men and women; the country has since hosted the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015. In October 2013, Montagliani confirmed Canada's intention to bid for the 2026 tournament and the Canadian Soccer Association reiterated this in January 2014.

In September 2012, Mexican Football Federation President Justino Compeán confirmed plans for a Mexican bid. In October 2013, Liga MX President said that Mexico is interested in joining forces with the U.S. to co-host a bid for the 2026 World Cup. On December 9, 2014, the Mexican Football Federation confirmed that it is bidding for the 2026 World Cup. If the campaign is successful, Mexico will be the first nation to have hosted the World Cup three times.

On May 13, 2016 at the FIFA Congress in Mexico City, USSF board member John Motta told ESPN "whatever happens, we will bid for the 2026 World Cup -- either jointly (with Mexico or Canada) or we will go it alone." The United States hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup and unsuccessfully bid for the 2022 World Cup, which was won by Qatar in 2010. On April 18, 2015, Brazilian legend Pelé stated that the United States should host the 2026 World Cup.

In December 2016 Victor Montagliani, CONCACAF president announced for the first time a possibility of a joint bid between the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Bid process

Bidding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup was postponed due to the 2015 FIFA corruption case and the subsequent resignation of Sepp Blatter, then it was restarted following the FIFA Council meeting on May 10, 2016, wherein the bidding process will consist of four phases:

  • May 2016 – May 2017: a new strategy and consultation phase
  • June 2017 – Dec 2017: enhanced phases for bid preparation
  • March 2018 – June 2018: bid evaluation
  • June 2018: final decision

With no rival bid having emerged since April 2017 the CONCACAF member federations of Canada, Mexico and the United States sent a joint request to FIFA to hasten the bid process. Canada, Mexico and the United States wanted FIFA to award the bid outside the traditional bidding process at the June 2018 FIFA Congress in Moscow if the CONCACAF-bid meets FIFA requirements.

However the FIFA Council decided on May 8, 2017 that FIFA would have a full bidding procedure. In order to ensure continental rotation of hosting duties, only the member associations of CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and the OFC were invited, as these continental confederations had not hosted the two previous World Cups. A date of August 11, 2017 was set for submission of an intention to bid.

FIFA football tournament hosting experiences

Together, Canada, Mexico and the United States have successfully hosted 13 FIFA events, which is the most of any trio of geographically connected nations in the world.

  •  Canada
    • 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship
    • 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship
    • 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup
    • 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
    • 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
  •  Mexico
    • 1970 FIFA World Cup
    • 1986 FIFA World Cup
    • 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup
    • 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship
    • 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup
  •  United States
    • 1994 FIFA World Cup
    • 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup
    • 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup

Bid committee

Robert Kraft

On July 6, 2017, a United Bid Committee was officially formed by the National Federations of Canada, Mexico and the United States, to kick off the bidding process to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to North America.

Honorary chairman of the board

  • Robert Kraft: National Football League and Major League Soccer executive and owner

United bid committee board of directors

  • Steven Reed – co-chairman, president of the Canadian Soccer Association
  • Decio de María – co-chairman, president of the Mexican Football Federation
  • Carlos Cordeiro – co-chairman, president of the United States Soccer Federation
  • Victor Montagliani – president of CONCACAF
  • Sunil Gulati – FIFA Council member
  • Don Garber – commissioner of Major League Soccer
  • Dan Flynn – secretary general of U.S. Soccer
  • Donna Shalala – trustee professor of Political Science at the University of Miami
  • Guillermo Cantu – general secretary of the Mexican Football Federation
  • Peter Montopoli – general secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association
  • Carlos Bocanegra – technical director of Atlanta United FC
  • Julie Foudy – founder of Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy and television analyst and reporter for ESPN/ABC
  • Ed Foster-Simeon – president and CEO of U.S. Soccer Foundation

United bid committee executive team

  • John Kristick – executive director for the united bid committee
  • Jim Brown – managing director, technical operations
  • Peter Montopoli – Canada bid director
  • Yon De Luisa – Mexico bid director

Potential venues

On August 15, 2017, the United Bid Committee released a list of 49 stadiums in 44 metropolitan markets across the three nations which will be considered for the official bid.The United Bid Committee plans to include 20-25 venues in the official bid, which will be sent to FIFA in March 2018. Stadiums must have a capacity of at least 40,000 for group round matches and at least 80,000 for the Opening Match and Final.

On September 7, 2017, the United Bid Committee announced that a total of 41 cities (with 44 venues) had submitted bids marking their official declaration of interest to be included in the final bid: Almost a month later, on October 4, 2017, the list of cities was cut down to 32 with 35 venues. During U.S. Soccer's annual general meeting in Orlando in February 2018, Gulati revealed that the list of cities had been cut down to 26 with 29 venues.

On March 14, 2018 Vancouver, Minneapolis and Chicago all announced that they were dropping out as potential host cities. All three cities cited concerns over the financial transparency of being a host city and cited FIFA's unwillingness to negotiate financial details as reasons for their decisions; the bid committee announced the next day they had reduced the number of cities in the bid to 23. 

Cities had to submit written proposals to the United Bid Committee by January 19, 2018, before being selected by the committee.

The official bid has proposed the "main" opening match be held in either the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City or at the Rose Bowl in the Los Angeles area, that all three host countries' teams would host their first matches on the first day of the tournament and that the final match be held at MetLife Stadium in the New York City area. The bid also proposed that the two semi-final matches would be held at AT&T Stadium in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. All of the other cities in the American portion of the bid are under consideration for quarter-final matches. The bid book proposal calls for Mexico and Canada to each host seven group-stage games, two matches in the round of 32, and one in the round of 16.

A dagger denotes stadium used for previous men's World Cup tournaments
A double-dagger denotes an indoor stadium


Montreal, Quebec Edmonton, Alberta Toronto, Ontario
Olympic Stadiumdouble-dagger Commonwealth Stadium BMO Field
Capacity: 61,004
(Bid book capacity: 55,822)
(Expandable to 73,000)
Capacity: 56,302
(Bid book capacity: 56,418)
Capacity: 30,000
(Expanding to 45,500 for tournament)
Olympic Stadium Soccer.JPG FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 - Edmonton.jpg Bmo Field 2016 East Stand.jpg
Canada–Mexico–United States 2026 FIFA World Cup bid is located in Canada
Canadian proposed venues


Mexico City Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Guadalajara, Jalisco
Estadio Aztecadagger Estadio BBVA Bancomer Estadio Akron
Capacity: 87,523 Capacity: 53,500
(Bid book capacity: 53,460)
Capacity: 46,232
(Bid book capacity: 48,071)
Club América vs Cruz Azul, Clausura 2013 Copa MX semi finals, 3 April 2013.jpg Estadio BBVA Bancomer (1).jpg Omnilife Stadium.png
Canada–Mexico–United States 2026 FIFA World Cup bid is located in Mexico
Mexico City
Mexico City
Mexican proposed venues

United States

Los Angeles, California New York City, New York Washington, D.C. Dallas, Texas
Rose Bowldagger
(Pasadena, CA)
MetLife Stadium
(East Rutherford, New Jersey)
(Landover, Maryland)
AT&T Stadiumdouble-dagger
(Arlington, TX)
Capacity: 92,000
(Bid book capacity: 88,432)
Capacity: 82,500
(Bid book capacity: 87,157)
Capacity: 82,000
(Bid book capacity: 70,249)
Capacity: 80,000
(Bid book capacity: 92,967)
(expandable to 100,000)
2008-1206-USC-UCLA-014-RB-gt-PAN crop.jpg Metlife stadium (Aerial view).jpg FedexField-2004BCAclassic.jpg BC Place (19184865604) (2)
Kansas City, Missouri Denver, Colorado Houston, Texas Baltimore, Maryland
Arrowhead Stadium Sports Authority Field at Mile High NRG Stadiumdouble-dagger M&T Bank Stadium
Capacity: 76,416
(Bid book capacity: 76,640)
Capacity: 76,125
(Bid book capacity: 77,595)
Capacity: 71,795
(Bid book capacity: 72,220)
Capacity: 71,006
(Bid book capacity: 70,976)
Aerial view of Arrowhead Stadium 08-31-2013 crop.jpg Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium.jpg Reliantstadium.jpg M&T Bank Stadium DoD.jpg
Atlanta, Georgia
Canada–Mexico–United States 2026 FIFA World Cup bid is located in the US
Kansas City
Kansas City
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
San Francisco/ San Jose
San Francisco/ San Jose
Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
American proposed venues
Mercedes-Benz Stadiumdouble-dagger
Capacity: 71,000
(Bid book capacity: 75,000)
(expandable to 83,000)
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Nashville, Tennessee Seattle, Washington San Francisco/San Jose, California
Lincoln Financial Field Nissan Stadium CenturyLink Field Levi's Stadium
(Santa Clara, CA)
Capacity: 69,176
(Bid book capacity: 69,328)
Capacity: 69,143
(Bid book capacity: 69,722)
(expandable to 75,000)
Capacity: 69,000
(expandable to 72,000)
Capacity: 68,500
(Bid book capacity: 70,909)
(expandable to 75,000)
LincolnFinancialField EmptyPregame.jpg Night Settles on LP Field.jpg Qwest Field North.jpg Broncos vs 49ers preseason game at Levi's Stadium.jpg
Boston, Massachusetts Cincinnati, Ohio Miami, Florida Orlando, Florida
Gillette Stadium
(Foxborough, MA)
Paul Brown Stadium Hard Rock Stadium
(Miami Gardens, FL)
Camping World Stadiumdagger
Capacity: 65,878
(Bid book capacity: 70,000)
Capacity: 65,515
(Bid book capacity: 67,402)
Capacity: 64,767
(Bid book capacity: 67,518)
Capacity: 60,219
(Bid book capacity: 65,000)
Gillette Stadium (Top View).jpg Paul Brown Stadium interior 2017.jpg Hard Rock Stadium 2017 2.jpg Citrusbowlmiddle.JPG

Venues excluded since start of bidding process

Canada–Mexico–United States 2026 FIFA World Cup bid is located in the US
New Orleans
New Orleans
San Antonio
San Antonio
Green Bay
Green Bay
Montreal (Saputo)
Montreal (Saputo)
San Diego
San Diego
Los Angeles (MC and HP)
Los Angeles (MC and HP)
Toronto (Rogers)
Toronto (Rogers)
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
Dallas (Cotton Bowl)
Dallas (Cotton Bowl)
Rejected and uninterested venues

Venues that voluntarily dropped out during application process

United States Chicago, Illinois United States Minneapolis, Minnesota Canada Vancouver, British Columbia
Soldier Fielddagger U.S. Bank Stadiumdouble-dagger BC Placedouble-dagger
Capacity: 61,500 Capacity: 66,655
(expandable to 73,000)
Capacity: 54,500
Soldier field 2006.jpg US Bank Stadium interior - Minnesota Vikings orientation.jpg BC Place 2015 Women's FIFA World Cup.jpg

Venues not selected as host cities bid (2nd round)

The following cities were not selected as host cities bid, according to Sunil Gulati, during the 2018 US Soccer Annual General Meeting.[31]

United States Charlotte, North Carolina United States Dallas, Texas United States Detroit, Michigan
Bank of America Stadium Cotton Bowl Ford Fielddouble-dagger
Capacity: 75,525 Capacity: 92,100 Capacity: 65,000
(expandable to 70,000)
BofAStadium2015.JPG Cotton Bowl.JPG Ford-Field-September-10-2006.jpg
United States Las Vegas, Nevada United States Los Angeles, California
Las Vegas Stadiumdouble-dagger
(under construction)
Memorial Coliseum Hollywood Park
Capacity: 72,000 Capacity: 93,607 Capacity: 70,240
(expandable to 100,000)
(under construction)
  2008-0913-USCOSU-Pan01 crop.jpg  
United States Phoenix, Arizona United States Salt Lake City, Utah United States Tampa, Florida
University of Phoenix Stadiumdouble-dagger Rice-Eccles Stadium Raymond James Stadium
Capacity: 63,400
(expandable to 78,600)
Capacity: 48,600 Capacity: 65,890
(expandable to 75,000)
Cardswin1.jpg UtesRiceEccles2.jpg Raymondjames2005.JPG

Venues submitted bid, but not selected as potential venues (1st round)

United States Birmingham, Alabama United States Cleveland, Ohio United States Indianapolis, Indiana
Legion Field FirstEnergy Stadium Lucas Oil Fielddouble-dagger
Capacity: 71,594 Capacity: 67,895 Capacity: 62,421
(expandable to 70,000)
Legion Field Aerial 2015.PNG FirstEnergy Stadium soccer.jpg LucasOilStadiumTheLuke.jpg
United States Jacksonville, Florida United States New Orleans, Louisiana Canada Ottawa, Ontario
EverBank Field Mercedes-Benz Superdomedouble-dagger TD Place Stadium
Capacity: 69,132
(expandable to 82,000)
Capacity: 73,208
(expandable to 76,438)
Capacity: 24,000
Superbowl XXXIX, 2005.JPG The Dome New Orleans Man Trip.jpg Frank Clair Stadium north stand, Ottawa.JPG
United States Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Canada Regina, Saskatchewan United States San Antonio, Texas
Heinz Field Mosaic Stadium Alamodomedouble-dagger
Capacity: 69,690 Capacity: 33,350
(expandable to 40,000)
Capacity: 64,000
Steelers vs Chiefs December 2014.jpg Mosaic Stadium 4756.jpg UTSA Inaugural Football Game.jpg

Venues contacted, but did not submit bid

Canada Calgary, Alberta United States Green Bay, Wisconsin Canada Montreal, Quebec United States San Diego, California Canada Toronto, Ontario
McMahon Stadium Lambeau Field Saputo Stadium SDCCU Stadium Rogers Centredouble-dagger
Capacity: 35,400
(expandable to 46,020)
Capacity: 81,441 Capacity: 20,801 Capacity: 70,561 Capacity: 54,000
McMahon Stadium 6.jpg Lambeau Field - panoramio (1).jpg 2012 Impact de Montréal au stade Saputo.jpg Qualcomm Jan 14 07.jpg Alouettes at Argonauts 20090617.jpg


Football confederations

  • Oceania Football Confederation

FIFA members

  • Argentina Argentina
  • Australia Australia
  • Bolivia Bolivia
  • Brazil Brazil
  • Chile Chile
  • Colombia Colombia
  • Costa Rica Costa Rica
  • Ecuador Ecuador
  • El Salvador El Salvador
  • Grenada Grenada
  • Honduras Honduras
  • Jamaica Jamaica
  • Nicaragua Nicaragua
  • Panama Panama
  • Paraguay Paraguay
  • Peru Peru
  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
  • Uruguay Uruguay
  • Venezuela Venezuela

Public opinion

On October 24, 2017, a survey of adults in Canada, Mexico, and the United States showed a broad support for Canada–United States–Mexico bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. It found that 77% of North American residents are in favor of hosting the first-ever 48-team FIFA World Cup, and 81% of respondents across the three countries agree that hosting the tournament would be good for their specific country. Also, nearly six in 10 (57 percent) of those surveyed say they would be interested in attending FIFA World Cup matches if the games were played near where they live or work.

U.S. Senators

On February 21, 2018, a group of 44 U.S. senators, including Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), wrote a letter to support the United 2026 FIFA World Cup Bid. The full list is available below:

U.S. House of Representatives

On April 20, 2018, Representatives Darin LaHood and fellow co-chairs of the Congressional Soccer Caucus Kathy Castor (FL-14), Don Bacon (NE-02), Ruben Kihuen (NV-04) introduced a resolution to recognize and support the efforts of the United Bid Committee to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The US House of Representatives adopted this resolution on April 25, 2018.

Other government officials

Toronto city councillors Mark Grimes and Cesar Palacio support the bid, as well as Mayor John Tory. Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante supports it.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto also all support the bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup.

On March 13, 2018, Canadian Minister of Sport Kirsty Duncan announced in Ottawa the Canadian federal government officially threw its support behind the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup, with the promise of up to $5 million in immediate help should the unified bid win.

Sports figures

Olympic gold medalists in curling John Shuster, Matt Hamilton, Tyler George, John Landsteiner, and Joe Polo have announced their support for the bid.

Former basketball player Dikembe Mutombo supports the bid.


The bid is branded "United 2026", the logo of the bid is a ball with the number 26 representing the year "2026" with the colors of the flags of Canada, Mexico and the United States and the slogan is: "United, As One", (Spanish: "Unidos Como Uno"), (French: "Unis Comme Un").


FIFA officials

On December 28, 2017, during a sports business conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, FIFA President Gianni Infantino considered Canada–Mexico–United States 2026 FIFA World Cup bid to be a positive message.


U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-immigration laws have been touted as a potential risk, but assurances were later given by the government that no there would be such discrimination. On April 28 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a post threatening the countries that would not support the bid.


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