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OFC support CONCACAF bid for 2026

The FIFA World Cup trophy. Image: FIFA via Getty

The Oceania Football Confederation has put its collective support behind the recently announced joint bid by Canada Soccer Association, Federation Mexicana de Futbol Asociacion and US Soccer to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

OFC President David Chung said Oceania’s regional football body believes having the FIFA World Cup jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the US makes sense on a number of fronts.

“These three nations have the appropriate infrastructure in place to host the enlarged 48 team, 80 match event,” Chung explained.

“In addition, CONCACAF has not hosted the world’s premier football tournament since 1994, so it makes sense on a rotational basis that the World Cup returns to the Confederation.”

The three federations have requested the FIFA Congress expedite an exclusive period of negotiation with respect to the awarding of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, a proposition which has the full support of all 11 OFC Member Associations.

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