CONCACAF wants shot at World Cup
THE World Cup football finals could be staged in the CONCACAF region in 2026.
Two years after taking over as CONCACAF president from Austin “Jack” Warner, Jeffrey Webb gave the assurance that the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Associations of Football intended to bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
Speaking at a media conference at the National Stadium on Friday during his first official visit to Barbados as head of the confederation, Webb said “it is a real possibility” CONCACAF would be making a big kick to ensuring the biggest sporting event in the world comes to the area.
But the 50-year-old Cayman Islander warned that while bids are expected from the United States and Canada, they needed to have total support from the confederation.
“FIFA used to have the rotation of the World Cup. It was in Africa, then it was coming to South America and it was supposed to come eventually to North America and CONCACAF of course, when they stopped that rotation, was the hardest affected confederation,” Webb said.
“We have received input from US Soccer and also from the Canadian Soccer Association that they intend to bid for it but I don’t see it as a bid from US and Canada, I see it as a CONCACAF bid,” Webb asserted.
“I’ve told my members that any bid going forward must have the support of the entire CONCACAF because this is not a US or Canada bid, this a CONCACAF bid,” he stressed.
The last time the World Cup was staged in a CONCACAF country was 20 years ago in the United States.
After next month’s World Cup in Brazil, Russia will host the 2018 event, followed by Qatar in 2022.
“Anytime you take 32 years past the last time we hosted it in 1994, that’s a real problem,” Webb said.