For the first time, three countries will host a World Cup, with Canada, the United States and Mexico joining forces for the tournament to be held in 2026. With more than 2.4 million square kilometers and a population of 500 million people, the three nations will present what is expected to be the greatest transgaming.orging spectacle ever.
At the 2019 World Football Summit held today, Tuesday, and tomorrow in Madrid, five experts organized a round table to discuss how organizers are achieving the success of the project.
John Kristick, who led the candidacy of the three countries that won the right to organize the tournament in 2026, said the joint bid was completed very quickly after the new FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, introduced the vision of World Cup 2.0, with an expanded format of 48 teams and 80 matches. “The United States had been left with a strong desire to re-offer after the failure of 2022, and the presidents of the three associations agreed that they would like to try, and that we would be more powerful with an offer from across the continent, than to go separately,” Kristick said.
Iñigo Riestra, general secretary of the Mexican FA, agreed and said the smartest thing they did was identify the three countries were stronger together. “We may have more fans in Mexico, but the stadiums in the United States are amazing and Canada had just hosted the Women’s World Cup in 2015.”
World Cups together
According to Kristick, in the future there will be mainly joint offers, hoping that the North American World Cup will serve as a model for the future, allowing smaller countries to participate in the tournament. Riestra noted that, “to have a responsible offer, without building new infrastructure, our World Cup still needs 150 training camps, which is not feasible for Mexico alone.”
Darren Eales, president of Atlanta United, the team founded in 2014 and who won the MLS Cup in 2018, explained that his hope is that the passion that exists for MLS in the United States will attract crowds to the 2026 World Cup, vice versa. “The 1994 World Cup in the United States was the world-long world with the most sold tickets of all time, and that’s when there wasn’t even a professional league in the country. Now we have 30 years of MLS and the clubs are amazing. Atlanta United currently has an average stadium attendance of 55,000 fans, and is tenth in the world overall in the last 5 years in terms of attendance. That’s very indicative of the level of interest in football in the United States. This is only at the beginning of the trip and the World Cup in 2026 will be fantastic. The excitement around football in all three countries will be incredible.”
According to Kristick, the average stadium at the World Cup in 2026 is expected to have around 65,000 fans, with a total of five million tickets sold for the entire tournament.
Eales of Atlanta is also confident that the World Cup will have a big impact in terms of participation in football, particularly in the US. Right now, at the youth level, it’s the number one participation transgaming.org in the U.S. and Canada, but many leave it later for the country’s most traditional transgaming.orgs. “Imagine if the wide receiver of the Atlanta Falcons, Julio Jones (Quintorris Lopez Jones) was a centre forward for Atlanta United, with his speed and stature. We need young talentto play football and learn the technique. Let’s hope the next Messi or Ronaldo is American… and the Atlanta area,” laughs Eales.
World Cup impact in Mexico
For Riestra, The 2026 World Cup in Mexico will be a “great opportunity to employ best practices and reconnect with fans, with everyone looking at all three countries.” For him, the incredible thing about winning the World Cup was to see Mexico City compete with Atlanta, which with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, has the “best stadium in the world”.
“In Mexico we are trying to grow our league and make it better known around the world, and now clubs are doing it as part of the World Cup effort. Only three stadiums will be used in this country, but all clubs are part of the World Cup effort and everyone wants to make the most of it.”