The FIFA World Cup is one of the most popular sporting events around, and now North American fans may get to experience the tournament firsthand. According to a report published by the Guardian, Canada, the United States, and Mexico are set to submit a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani told the English newspaper that he’s optimistic about the possibility, citing promising discussions with FIFA officials. “Canada, the US and Mexico are aiming for a joint bid, the idea has been around for a while,” said Montagliani. “Discussions are continuing and it is a very exciting proposition if it comes to fruition. We have had nothing but positive remarks about it and it is a very strong sign of what football can do to bring countries together.”
The next two World Cups are set to go down in 2018 and 2022, and will take place in Russia and Qatar respectively. The latter host has had its share of controversy, which is not out of character for the notoriously corrupt FIFA governing body. Despite these looming troubles, the global spectacle is still a premiere event and along with making serious cash for the Swiss-based organization, it’s often thought of as a development stimulus for hosting soccer programs.
Should the bid prove to be successful, it would be the first time FIFA has given the World Cup to a multi-nation host since 2002, when Japan and South Korea split duties. It would also be the first time the tournament lands on North American soil since 1994, when the United States was granted rights to the gig. Everything is far from being a reality, but officials are set to evaluate potential host countries during the beginning of January 2019. It is an exciting sign for Canadian soccer fans and an equally good omen, as Montagliani was intergral in the team who brought the FIFA Women's World Cup to the nation back in 2015.