2026 FIFA World Cup
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The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the 23rd FIFA World Cup, an international association football tournament that is scheduled to take place in 2026. The tournament will involve 32 national teams, including that of the host nation, assuming the current format of the finals is maintained.
FIFA announced on October 29, 2007 that it will no longer continue with its continental rotation policy, implemented after the 2006 World Cup host selection. The newest host selection policy is that any country may bid for a World Cup, provided that their continental confederation has not hosted either of the past two World Cups.
For the 2026 World Cup, this means that bids from Asia and Europe are not allowed. Also, FIFA formally allowed joint bids once more; they were previously banned in 2002 after the 2002 World Cup hosted by South Korea and Japan. The reinstated joint bid rule indicates such a bid may have only one organizing committee. The Korea/Japan World Cup bid in 2002 had two different organizing committees.
- In July 2012, Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani confirmed plans for a Canadian bid, saying, "We have verbally told FIFA that when the bid process begins for the next available World Cup, which would be the 2026 World Cup, that the CSA will be one of the countries putting in a formal proposal". Canada has hosted both the Under-17 World Cup and the U-20 World Cup, and is set to host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015 and the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. In October 2013, Montagliani confirmed Canada's intention to bid for the 2026 tournament. On January 23, 2014, the Canadian Soccer Association confirmed that it is bidding for the 2026 World Cup.
- In September 2012, Mexican Football Federation President Justino Compeán confirmed plans for a Mexican bid. Mexico has hosted two previous World Cups in 1970 and 1986. In October 2013, Liga MX President said that Mexico is interested in joining forces with the USA to co-host a bid for the 2026 World Cup.
- In March 2010, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez confirmed plans for a Colombian bid. At the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup final, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said "Colombia is ready for a World Cup". Colombia was chosen to host the 1986 FIFA World Cup, but later withdrew. The country has since hosted the 2011 Under-20 World Cup and World Games 2013, and will host the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup. In July 2010, Peru also suggested co-hosting with Colombia and Ecuador, and President Uribe reacted positively, saying "every positive proposition has to be welcomed."
- United States Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati stated the United States will only seriously consider going for the 2026 World Cup if the bidding process is more open and fair. The United States hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
The qualification process for the 2026 World Cup has not yet been announced. All FIFA member associations, of which there are currently 209, are eligible to enter qualification. The host will qualify automatically for the tournament.
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