CONCACAF general secretary Philippe Moggio has said that he would prefer a shared bid for the 2026 World Cup. The duties of hosting would be split between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The United States has said that they will bid for the 2026 World Cup aggressively and CONCACAF officials believe that co-hosting the event, which was expanded from 32 to 48 teams last week, will increase the chances that they are chosen.
Uniting the United states and mexico could help them gain support from the 20 spanish speaking federations of the 211 that are part of FIFA.
When asked about the possibility of the 2026 coming to a nation that is part of CONCACAF Moggio told reporters:
“Obviously, this is a high priority for our region. It is time to have the World Cup back at CONCACAF, considering the last time we had hosting duties was in 1994 in the U.S. It is a strong region in sporting and economic terms. As our president [Victor Montagliani] has said, there is a strong case for a bid and we can be there. We only have to put in our best effort in order to achieve it.”
“No matter where it’s going to be played, the fact the World Cup is getting larger in terms of nations playing the tournament, will involve the fact there will be a need for more stadiums to be played in. There aren’t many countries in the world which can say they will have no problems in hosting this kind of competition. This makes co-hosting bids, such as the one in our region and with three countries involved, more feasible.”
FIFA president Gianni Infantino promised an open mind toward pan-regional hosting when he campaigned last year.
FIFA has only allowed the World Cup to be co-hosted once (Japan and Korea in 2002)in it’s 22 editions from 1930-2022 but FIFA president Gianni Infantino promised an open mind toward pan-regional hosting while campaigning last year.