Chicago, United States: The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada for the 2026 FIFA World Cup officially started its outreach by sending Requests for Information (RFIs) to 44 cities across the three nations and declare their interests as official venues.
According to www.ussoceer.com, the RFI asked each city to declare its interest to take part in the bid process by September 5, 2017.
The 2026 edition will be the first tournament using the expanded 48-team format.
The joint North American bid is seen as the favourite, with only one other bid — Morocco — so far in the running for the tournament.
A total of 49 stadiums located in or around those 44 candidate cities will be considered for inclusion in the official bid that will be sent to FIFA by March 16, 2018.
A total of 20-25 venues are to be included in the final bid. If selected to host the competition, at least 12 locations could ultimately serve as Official Host Cities.