The United States, Canada, and Mexico’s joint bid for the 2026 World Cup has been backed by a potential rival confederation. With UEFA and AFC presumed out of the running to submit a bid due to hosting the previous two tournaments, that leaves just three possible contenders to try and snatch it away. However, the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) appears to be out of the running now too after their president has publicly backed CONCACAF’s bid.
Oceania's FIFA vice president, David Chung, says ''it makes sense on a rotational basis'' for the 2026 edition to return to North America for the first time since the U.S.-hosted 1994 tournament. - via Associated Press
This would leave just CAF (Africa) and CONMEBOL (South America) left to submit bids to try and host the tournament.
CONCACAF is expected to submit a request to FIFA to allow them a one-year exclusive period of negotiations where they would have until March 2018 without any competitors to show their bid is up to World Cup standards. With so few contenders in line, there’s a chance they could win the bid without an opposition at all if FIFA allows them the one-year period.