Mexico City, first city to deliver 2026 World Cup requirements

Of Mexico's joint bid with the United States and Canada
Photo: Taken from Miguel Ángel Mancera Twitter account
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On April, Mexico, the United States, and Canada announced that they were making a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, a proposal that is expected to result in the biggest financial boon ever for FIFA.

No nation from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the governing body for soccer in the region, has hosted the tournament since the United States in 1994.

The 2018 World Cup will be in Russia, while Qatar hosts the event in 2022. The bidding process for the 2026 tournament is expected to begin later this year and to run until 2020.

Mexico City was the first city of the three-way bid to deliver the requested requirements to host the 2026 World Cup.


On Friday, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera delivered the documents proving that Mexico meets all the requirements indicated by FIFA. On Twitter, Mancera wrote in Spanish: “We formally present the documents to host the 2026 World Cup, United 2026, in our Sports Capital along with the U.S. and Canada.”

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati disclosed that the initial Canada–Mexico–United States 2026 FIFA World Cup bid, branded United 2026, plan was for 60 of the 80 World Cup games to be played in the U.S., with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 each. All matches from the quarter-finals onwards would be in the U.S.

Yon de Luisa, Vice President of Sports for Grupo Televisa and Mexico Bid Director for the United Bid Comittee 2026, confirmed that 32 cities will be hosts: 25 in the United States, 4 in Canada and 3 in Mexico, adding that Mexico's city host will be Mexico City (Estadio Azteca), Guadalajara (Estadio Chivas), and Monterrey (Estadio Rayados).

The CONCACAF region is widely viewed as favorite to win the 2026 World Cup, given FIFA rules that restrict Europe and Asia from hosting again so quickly. FIFA is soccer’s world governing body.

Africa, whose only World Cup was in South Africa in 2010, was able to bid since Morocco lodged a last-minute bid to host the 2026 soccer World Cup and will compete against the three-way bid.

FIFA said in a statement that the two candidates would have until March to submit detailed bidding documents. The bids will then be evaluated and a report submitted to the FIFA Council.

The final decision will be taken by the full FIFA Congress on June 13.

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