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US-Mexico 2026 FIFA World Cup Bid Gets a Boost

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October 19, 2016

In May, ESPN FC reported that soccer officials from the US and Mexico were in talks to submit a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, and that the joint bid had the support of FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Mexico City - The host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup won't be officially announced until 2020, but it is starting to look more likely it will be the United States, possibly hosting soccer's biggest tournament with Mexico.

Last week, FIFA's governing council voted to ban countries in Europe and Asia from hosting the 2026 World Cup. The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia, and the 2022 tournament will be held in Qatar.

This move significantly increases the chances for the US to host the 2026 tournament, either on its own or as a cohost with another Concacaf nation.

In May, ESPN FC reported that football officials from the US and Mexico were in talks to submit a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. That report also said that a joint bid from the two countries had the support of FIFA President Gianni Infantino. A North American bid, with the US, Mexico, and Canada as joint hosts, has also been suggested.

England and China were among the favorites to host the 2026 tournament, along with the US. But with the latest ruling, those two nations are no longer in consideration.

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