With FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s proposed changes to the World Cup format gaining momentum, CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani said that there is an opportunity for the tournament to be hosted by a coalition of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Discussing the prospects for a joint bid between the three countries, Montagliani said that “the door is wide open.”
Only one time in tournament history has the event been hosted by multiple countries. In 2002, Japan and South Korea were the hosts. Libya and Tunisia combined on a 2010 World Cup bid before withdrawing prior to the vote. There were two unsuccessful joint bids for the 2018 World Cup, Belgium/Netherlands and Spain/Portugal.
Infantino has proposed a 48-team tournament for 2026. With the possibility of an expanded format, more venues will be needed than in the past. It increases the likelihood of a joint bid being accepted.
Montagliani is hopeful that the governments of the three countries would be interested in working together on a joint bid. He said, “At face value I don’t see it being a challenge and I think any administration, whether it be in the west or in my case Canada, or in Mexico, would be supportive of an event like the World Cup. And no pun intended, I would think the World Cup would trump any political issues.”