FIFA names three for 2026 World Cup

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FIFA has named three cities as lone Canada candidates for 2026 World Cup

FIFA representatives have named Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto as lone Canadian candidates for 2026 World Cup. Following a review of candidate cities, the international authority on football declared it is not considering any other name. Moreover, when asked on Monday, Colin Smith confirmed Vancouver is pretty much out of the picture. The choice is chiefly on the three original Canadian candidate cities.

Smith, FIFA’s chief officer, said: ‘Those are the three cities that bid. ‘So those are the three cities that we are evaluating and discussing with’. When asked whether Chicago would be the 18th city under consideration for the USA, Smith was again dismissive. ‘We’ve got 17 fantastic cities and there’s a great depth there right the way across the U.S. and we’re looking forward to making the selection from those 17 cities’.

The candidacy of Vancouver is also a matter of cost. The British Columbia government said in 2018 that they were not prepared to have Vancouver serve as a host city. Premier John Horgan confirmed this position three months later, saying the administration was not willing to write ‘a blank cheque’.

Therefore cities like Vancouver, which hosted a major part of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, or Chicago, which was integral part to the USA’s hosting of the 1994 World Cup, might decide to opt out from the selection completely.

The third North American host of the joint 2026 bid is Mexico, which has put forward the name of Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey. The 2026 World Cup will be an historic event, with the tournament expanded to 48 teams up from 32. For example, the World Cup will feature over 80 games in total. Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each, while the USA will host 60, including every game starting from quarterfinals.

This marks the first time for the three North American countries to join forces with regards to the FIFA World Cup. It will be also the first time in 32 years for North America to host the world’s most watched tournament.