The United 2026 Bid – a joint bid by the United States, Canada and Mexico for the 2026 FIFA World Cup – has got a shot in the arm after it raked in strong support from CONMEBOL and its 10 member associations.
The South American Football Confederation member countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela have come forward to back the United 2026 Bid.
The news comes after the joint bid received similar support from the six voting members of the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) – Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
Conmebol has stated in a statement that its decision to support the United 2026 Bid reaffirms its commitment to continue working with FIFA and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) to promote the sport in the Americas.
“Taking into account the positive impact that the celebration of the Fifa World Cup in Mexico in 1986 and in the United States in 1994 had on the interest, development and projection of football in those countries and in general in the region, the member associations of Conmebol consider that, after three decades, the time is right to give new impetus to football in the Concacaf region, where more than 500 million people currently live,” states the Conmebol statement.
Conmebol president Alejandro Domínguez said, “The countries of the Americas share many historical ties and our conviction is that South American football can and should contribute to the development of football throughout the American hemisphere, recognising the sport as a powerful integrating force.”
The United 2026 bid is competing against Morocco for the rights to host the 2026 edition of the World Cup. The decision to select one of the bidders will be taken at 68th FIFA Congress, slated for June 13 in Moscow.
Morocco, facing fierce competition from the United 2026 Bid, had last month questioned FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s impartiality amid various ‘unconfirmed’ reports that he is favouring the joint bid proposal. The joint bid committee had last month pitched $2 billion ticket sales projection alongside the announcement of 23 potential host cities.
Meanwhile, Conmebol members Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay intend to submit a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup.