Recent events have left us scratching our heads as we have witnessed events, situations, and leaders demonstrating a less inclusive world that emphasizes our differences. We are always looking for opportunities to demonstrate to our children lessons of inclusivity over exclusivity. This week there was a positive sign that we are not so different and there are people thinking globally. Three unlikely countries came together to display leadership in the world of sports as the soccer federations from the United States, Mexico, and Canada announced that they are making a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
Many of us love the beautiful game, or have loved ones who play and/or support soccer. It has a way of bringing us together on and off the field, providing discipline, camaraderie, teaching us sportsmanship, and the way one plays the game is a proxy for how one lives their life.
We see this joint bid as another sign that the global view will prove itself righteous in the end. These three proud nations are leaders in the CONCACAF (the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean) region, and no nation from CONCACAF has hosted the tournament since the United States in 1994. The CONCACAF region is widely viewed as favorite to win the 2026 World Cup, given FIFA rules that restrict Europe and Asia from hosting again (so quickly). FIFA is soccer’s world governing body. The details of this historic bid are here.
We are excited for the prospect of a World Cup hosted by these three great neighbor nations demonstrating inclusivity. Whether the bid is ultimately successful or not, we hope it serves as a positive reminder of what we all share.