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Welcome to the United 2026 FIFA Member Association Newsfeed. Please keep this site bookmarked as it will be updated regularly with information about the North American bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

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United Bid Welcomes FIFA Inspection Visit

Dear Presidents, General Secretaries and members of our FIFA family,

Greetings from Mexico City, where we are proud to welcome the FIFA Evaluation Task Force as they began their official inspection of our United Bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.


Welcoming FIFA’s Evaluation Task Force at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City

This week, we are excited to host the task force in Mexico City, Atlanta, Toronto, New Jersey and New York City. As the task force will see, our world-class stadiums and training facilities are already built and operating and will help sustain football and other sports in our Host Cities for many years to come.

With our stadiums, training facilities and base camps already in place, players and fans won’t have to worry whether the necessary infrastructure will be ready. We’ll be able to focus on what matters most – coming together for an unprecedented global celebration of football!

For daily updates on this week’s inspection visit and the latest information on our United Bid, please continue to visit our Newsfeed. At the same time, we’ll continue to reach out to you and your federations to discuss how we can ensure that the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is an extraordinary experience for our entire FIFA family!

Steven Reed, Decio De Maria, and Carlos Cordeiro
Co-Chairmen
United Bid Committee

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Independent Report on North American Human Rights

United 2026 has also released an independent report on human rights in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. This report, conducted by Ergon, is the first such exercise to be carried out in relation to a Mega Sporting Event. The results of this report are available here: Ergon_Human_Rights_Report_for_United_Bid_2026_re_FIFA_World_Cup_United_Bid

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United 2026 Supplemental Report on United Human Rights Strategy

The Human Rights requirements for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ are the most extensive human rights requirements ever contemplated for a mega-sporting event, and the result of leadership taken by FIFA, its Advisory Group on Human Rights, and dozens of human rights stakeholders around the world. It is also a unique opportunity to promote human rights and social development. To that end, the United Bid is releasing two reports on human rights. The first is the bid’s proposal for a United Human Rights Strategy. That proposal is available here: Proposal_for_a_United_Human_Rights_Strategy_United_Bid

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United 2026 Supplemental Report on Governance

In partnership with Quantis, a leading global consultancy, United 2026 has released their GRI report which was referenced in our Bid Book. The report was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines and covers the activity of the United Bid from May 2017 – December 2017. The report focuses on the Bid’s commitment to sustainability and ethical conduct and provides a comprehensive view of our operations. The full report is available here: GRI_Referenced_Report_United_Bid

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United 2026 Supplemental Report on Fan Engagement

Canada, Mexico, and the United States have a combined population of nearly 500 million people. This will approach 550 million by 2026, and a billion across the Americas, creating tremendous opportunity to grow the global football community. This supplement is offered in support of the United Bid’s Vision and Hosting Strategy and outlines a series of fan engagement opportunities that we have researched – and in some cases initiated – in great depth as part of our bid preparations. The full report is available here: The_Past_Present_and_Future_for_Football_Engagement_United_Bid

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United 2026 Supplemental Report on Innovation

The United Bid believes it is able to make an additional contribution to FIFA and the future of the FIFA World Cup™ through our investment in, and commitment to, innovation as part of our hosting vision and strategy. Working closely with FIFA and some of the best technology minds in the world, we can help to integrate emerging concepts into the DNA of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ and confirm its position as the most immersive sports experience on earth, while amplifying its beneficial effects for everyone. The United 2026 Innovation Initiative focuses on five strategic areas: Cities; Technology; Research and Development; Social; Education. The full report is available here: Innovation_Initiative_United_Bid

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United 2026 Supplemental Report on Sustainable Event Management

Given the Bid Book page limit, we prepared as supplemental paper to provide additional details of our Sustainable Event Management (SEM) system, which is summarized in Section 22 of the Bid Book. As described, the United Bid is committed to implementing a Sustainability Strategy, “Sustainability+”, which means meeting and going beyond what is required from international and domestic regulations for human rights and social responsibility, economic development and environmental protection. We uphold these commitments by proposing a SEM framework for effective planning, execution and review of our sustainable outcomes across three principal, iterative and continual phases. This framework is designed to ensure a decision-making and management structure is in place if/when FIFA awards the opportunity to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ to the United Bid. The full report is available here: United_Bid_2026_Sustainable_Event_Management_United_Bid

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United 2026 Supplemental Report on Environmental Impact

United 2026 commissioned an independent Environmental Impact Assessment to identify risks, issues and opportunities for responsible environmental protection throughout the planning, staging, and post-tournament phases of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. The report, independently produced by Arup, looked at issues relating to Carbon and Climate Change; Energy; Transport; Air Quality; Materials and Procurement; Waste; Water; Biodiversity and Landscape; and Food. The full report is available here: EIA_Report_United_Bid

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The Start of a New Era in Football

Dear Presidents, General Secretaries and members of our FIFA family,

Imagine the opening day of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

Three games across three countries—Canada, Mexico and the United States—with huge FIFA Fan Fests™ in each Host City and across North America.

It would be an opening day like no other, and it’s what we have proposed in our historic United Bid. It’s another example of how, as we discussed in our last letter to you, our bid can be counted on to deliver the experience, infrastructure and resources required to successfully host the largest-ever FIFA World Cup™ in 2026.

A three-match, three-country opening day would be an unprecedented international celebration of football and an inspiring kick-off to the largest FIFA World Cup™ in history. From the opening whistles, it would also mark the beginning of a new era in football.

The new, expanded FIFA World Cup™—48 countries and 80 matches—will be an extraordinary undertaking. By coming together in our United Bid, our three countries offer what no one country can provide alone.

The 23 cities that will compete to be one of the final 16 Host Cities offer world-class stadiums, training sites and base camps that are already built and operating. With our advanced transportation network, players and fans will be able to travel easily to matches across our three countries.

In this sense, 2026 has the opportunity to help create a new legacy—a blueprint for the joint bids that FIFA envisions for the future and that advances the FIFA 2.0 reforms. This includes competitions that are commercially successful and environmentally sustainable.

In short, the choice that our FIFA family makes on June 13 in Moscow will be a strategic decision about the future of football for the century to come. A successful 2026 FIFA World Cup™ hosted by our three countries would help open the door for countries around the world— large and small—to come together to host future competitions as neighbors and friends.

Thank you for reading. We will continue to reach out to you and your federations to discuss our United Bid and to discuss how we can work together—as one global football family—to shape the next great era of football.

Steven Reed, Decio De Maria, and Carlos Cordeiro

Co-Chairmen

United Bid Committee

 

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The largest FIFA World Cup™ ever

Dear Presidents, General Secretaries and members of our FIFA family,

Today, on behalf of Canada, Mexico and the United States, we are proud to formally submit our historic United Bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.  Our bid includes the 23 cities that will compete to be one of the final 16 Host Cities—all of which have a proven track record of successfully hosting the world’s largest international sporting events.

This record of success is important because 2026 will be the largest FIFA World Cup™ ever.  Some 1,100 players from 48 countries will compete in 80 matches and be cheered on by millions of fans from around the world.

On June 13, our FIFA family will have to decide—which bid can be counted on to deliver the experience, the infrastructure and the resources that the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will demand?

As we discussed last week, we believe that our three nations offer the only bid that can deliver the certainty that’s needed.

We offer proven experience.  Together, we have successfully hosted 13 FIFA World Cups (men, women and youth), and—if our bid is selected—Mexico will become the first nation to host three times.  The 1994 competition in the United States still holds the attendance record for a FIFA World Cup™ (3.5 million fans), and the 2015 competition in Canada holds the attendance record for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1.3 million fans).

We offer 23 world-class, large-capacity stadiums and 150 training sites and base camps—all of which are already built.  Our facilities are operational, not on the drawing board.  Our stadiums and facilities have a history of hosting international teams so that players feel welcome and can focus on delivering their best performance on the pitch.

Finally, we offer players and fans a fully-ready and reliable transportation and travel infrastructure, including our advanced network of airports and train stations, millions of miles of highways and nearly five million hotel rooms.  Travel will be safe, reliable and convenient.

In short, the first-ever 48-team FIFA World Cup will be an unprecedented endeavor.  It won’t be a time to take risks—or to worry whether stadiums, training facilities and hotels will be ready.

Canada, Mexico and the United States are ready to host. 

Thank you for reading.  We look forward to talking with you in the weeks and months ahead about the merits of our bid and how in 2026 we can work together to welcome the world to the biggest FIFA World Cup™ in history.

 

Steven Reed, Decio De Maria, and Carlos Cordeiro

Co-Chairmen

United Bid Committee

 

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