News broke this morning that Canada has won the bid to host the World Cup in 2026. Canada will be co-hosting the games with the U.S. and Mexico, as part of a joint North American bid.
Qualifying teams from around the world (and their fans) will be landing in major cities across Canada to compete in the 2026 tournament.
Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal will be Canada's chosen host cities. It's slated to be the biggest World Cup tournament in history, with 48 teams and 80 games. As a host country, Canada automatically qualifies to participate in the World Cup games.
Of the 80 games, Canada and Mexico will be hosting 10 games each, and the U.S. will be hosting 60. It's already been confirmed that Toronto will host four out of ten games, and Edmonton and Montreal will each host three.
Canada's President of the Canadian Soccer Association says that being chosen to co-host next World Cup Games is "an extraordinary honour and privilege."
Canada hasn't been a qualifying World Cup team in 32 years, so this is a huge opportunity for Canadian players.
It's estimated that Canada may have to spend up to $55 million to co-host the 2026 games. But, it seems like a sound investment to make. "A $55 million investment to reap what would be an insane dollar value – $200 million economic impact," Councillor Tim Cartmell says, "I think it would be well worth the effort.”
Toronto Mayor John Tory is holding a press conference about the exciting news later today at the BMO Field.
Ongoing story, more to come.