Canada to Host 2026 World Cup (with Mexico and U.S.)

FIFA member associations gathering in Moscow on Wednesday voted 134-65 in favour of the joint North American bid by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup, beating out Morocco.

This means we'll likely have a team in the 2026 World Cup. Canada’s only appearance at the World Cup came in 1986 when we went 0-3 without scoring a single goal.

Three Canadian cities – Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto – could potentially host matches. I'm no betting man, but I'm putting everything I've got on Toronto being selected to host matches in 2026.

See you there!

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I guess that's good news for the fans, but I was once forced to play soccer at sleepover
camp in Orillia in 1982 and I'm still recovering from the intense exertion required to play
that game. At least I was on the shirts team on that particular day!!

June 13, 2018 @ 9:17 AM


I wonder if there will be tariffs on the balls....

June 13, 2018 @ 9:20 AM


Hopefully Trump will be a distant memory by then, and we will all be singing the praises of
either President Oprah or President Alec Baldwin!!! Or perhaps we will all be under the
thumb of North Korea at that point and it will all be moot!!

June 13, 2018 @ 9:24 AM


How much in bribe money did it cost us?
Are you completely sure Canada gets entered into the tournament automatically? While the women are routinely in the top ten, the men have in recent years often had a three digit (as in below 100) ranking. The rest of the world, particularly the central American and Caribbean countries, could rightly raise objections about that as it would keep a more genuinely deserving team out.
And unlike most places, people here sure seem to care a lot more about other countries, and couldn't care less about the Canadian national team, so it's not as though the games played here would get ignored because Canada wasn't involved.

June 13, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

m m

This is huge and historic. I honestly expected Morocco to win this, mostly due to the very understandable anti-US world mood.
The World Cup is bigger than the Olympics, with the difference being that the WC is held in multiple cities. This is big for Toronto and Canada. You might need a hard hat in Montreal.
Now let's develop some good players. Osorio will be 34 by 2026, we need more.

June 13, 2018 @ 10:53 AM


CTV article
“It’s up to CONCACAF to look into that and see how they want to organize their qualification for this and have a discussion about that in the weeks to come.”
CONCACAF includes all those Central American and Caribbean countries who won't be eager to let Canada get in without having to qualify.

June 13, 2018 @ 12:34 PM

Sam from England

The number of teams in the world cup is increasing from 32 to 48, so my guess would be that the three host teams will be given automatic qualification. Better start building those stadia!

June 13, 2018 @ 12:45 PM


I think the plan appears to be using Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Olympic Stadium in Montreal (presumably with both having grass surfaces installed), and an expanded BMO Field here in Toronto.
In the last 20 years Canada's highest ranking has been 55, and they've often been below 100. I don't see how there could be a realistic argument that they would deserve to be there on merit, taking away a place from another nation that would deserve it. If it's other CONCACAF nations making the decision, maybe the best that could be hoped for would be something like getting an automatic spot only if they are able to break into the top 48 by the time qualifying starts.

June 13, 2018 @ 3:16 PM

Urooj Islam

I couldn't care less, Canadian sites will get the bottom of the barrel games involving teams that can't sell any tickets or draw any fans in the US or Mexico.

Plus, I think Canada (and Mexico to a lesser extent) were only brought along with the US as part of the big so FIFA couldn't outright reject the US. This is essentially a solo US bid.

June 13, 2018 @ 3:24 PM

Dawn Keibals

@ Urooj I fully agree with 100 % of your post...How True !!!!

June 14, 2018 @ 4:09 AM

Sam from England

@H.o.E It's a fairly strong tradition for the host team to be given automatic qualification. I can't see why Canada wouldn't be given it.

June 14, 2018 @ 5:41 AM


Giving the host nation automatic qualification was okay when it was just one nation, and almost always one that was likely to qualify anyway. But now with the prospect of these type of tournaments taking place in several nations, giving automatic spots to every host is not a practical arrangement. Euro 2020 will be in 12 nations, with everyone, including hosts, having to qualify.

June 14, 2018 @ 11:57 AM

James Edgar

I just checked the FiFA rankings and Canada is 79th today. Russia is 70th. So precedent for automatic inclusion for a country that wouldn't have made it is clear. But as has been pointed out that is for single host nations. So Canada's inclusion is far from guaranteed.

Having said that Canada has 8 years to throw resources into men's soccer and maybe get in on merit. There are a lot kids playing now. Far more than i remember growing up. with any luck some of those kids will grow up to be good enough to compete at the world stage.

And if i'm not mistaken the men's team has had some trouble attracting the best players. Nobody will be taking a pass on the national team if a world cup berth is possible.

Hopefully i'm not being too much of a pollyanna

June 14, 2018 @ 12:56 PM


And it had also been a long-standing tradition to give automatic qualification to the winner of the preceding World Cup, but that ended.
2001 TheGuardian article

June 14, 2018 @ 1:53 PM


I don't know about getting bottom feeding group. They spread out the top countries pretty evenly. So I think you'll get somebody

What I am concerned is the new format. Currently it's 32 teams (8 groups of 4. with top 2 advance) but will change to 48 teams (16 groups of 3, top 2 advance)

Those group games have the potential to be awful. With only 3 teams there will be such a wide margin of talent between the teams and with 2/3 (66%) of the team making the playoff round, you can see the top team treating the group stage as a glorified practice making the group stage feel like the CFL regular season

June 14, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

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