The federations of Canada, Mexico and the United States have officially formed a United Bid Committee for the 2026 World Cup.
The committee is the latest formal step for the bid which is all but assured of successfully bringing the World Cup back to North America for the first time since 1994.
“We are thrilled to kick off the bid process with our partners from Canada and Mexico. This is a special opportunity for North America to unite behind our sport of soccer and the quest to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a news release.
“The United Bid Committee has the experience and resources to deliver a successful bid, but it will require an enormous team effort over the next eight and half months so we can demonstrate to FIFA the full potential of our three nations and partners in CONCACAF to put on the finest World Cup in history.”
FIFA has set a formal deadline of March 16, 2018 for any bids to host the 2026 World Cup. With very little competition and a large gap between the last World Cup hosted in North America, the three-nation bid is heavily favored to be approved by FIFA.
The Bid Committee has named 10 members to its Board of Directors, and will begin formal outreach to potential host cities for the 48-team tournament immediately.