Eli Ridder | Report
The joint-Canada, United States and Mexico bid for the Fifa World Cup in 2026 has won as member countries voted in favour over Morocco on Wednesday ahead of the 2018 tournament.
This will bring 10 World Cup games to Toronto, Edmonton and Montreal, 60 in the U.S. and 10 in Mexico as part of the United 2026 bid, bringing football’s most prestigious tournament and most popular sporting event in the world to North America.
The announcement came from Russia’s Moscow on the eve of World Cup 2018, which does not feature Canada, the U.S. or Mexico. The next tournament with be in Qatar in 2022.
While the match locations would not change, the amount of games hosted by each country is not set in stone and could change, with the Canadian spots set as Toronto, Edmonton and Montreal for the 48 teams, up from 16 competing this year.
Morocco has lost five bid campaigns, and was the runner-up again this year.
Men’s Canada hasn’t had a competitive team since 1986, but hosting the World Cup places the host nation’s team in the tournament automatically, which could set in motion a Canadian return to the sport.
Canada’s women team has been highly competitive on the world stage, holding top ten placements in the Fifa global ranking.
More details to follow.