Led joint bid wins right to host 2026 World Cup


While the USA and Mexico have become World Cup mainstays throughout the tournament's past, this is particularly pertinent for Canada - who has appeared in just one World Cup (1986).

The US failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup, missing the tournament for the first time since 1986.

BMO Field in Toronto is pictured on Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, soccer's worldwide governing body voted in favour of a joint bid for the event by Canada, the US and Mexico. Montreal city councillor Rosannie Filato said during a media scrum Wednesday at Centre Nutrilait, the Montreal Impact's training facility, that Montreal will host between three and six games. North American bid won the rights by majority votes after a lengthy 50-minute session, in which groups from various bidding parties presented their portfolios validating their capabilities to host the tournament.

TruMedia soccer analyst Paul Carr said Seattle is "on the bubble" for selection.

Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are all candidates cities for games at the tournament that will be hosted by Canada, the US and Mexico. With three host countries, it would be natural to give all three host sides a Day 1 showcase.

The 2026 World Cup will also be the first hosted jointly by three countries.

"Hosting a FIFA World Cup is an extraordinary honor and privilege", said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid, in a statement.

A giant screen displays the logo of Morocco 2026 before a press conference to promote Morocco's bib for the 2026 soccer World Cup in Casablanca.

The United bid made a presentation to UEFA officials on Tuesday, with CSA president Steve Reed handling the Canadian portion.

But, none of the ten games allocated to Canada will be coming to Vancouver.

President Donald Trump welcomed the news, tweeting: "The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup". He noted more has to happen before the Alberta capital makes the cut of host cities by 2020.

When will the tournament schedule be out?

It's unclear at the moment how travel will shake out and how far teams will have to travel for matches. Then the remaining four teams will play, with the winners securing the final two spots in the tournament.

Montopoli said it will be 100 per cent natural grass, meaning temporary surfaces will have to be installed in stadiums with artificial turf.

Canada has not qualified for the World Cup since 1986 - 10 years after the Olympic Stadium was supposed to have a retractable roof. FIFA refused to budge and the complaint was eventually dropped, but not before the lawyer for the women's players slammed FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association. But for those in charge of organizing the tournament, the work is only just beginning.

One month earlier, several potential host cities - including Chicago, Minneapolis and Arizona - also dropped out over what local officials said were burdensome financial demands by Federation Internationale de Football Association. By 2026, the tournament will have expanded to 48 teams. And there will be a maximum of seven games for the teams reaching the final, the same as the current format.

Miami is a flawless city to host World Cup matches.