Lionel Messi, right, and Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking for their first World Cup title in Russia. Interest in the World Cup will certainly increase in Canada with news that the country will co-host the 2026 event (Manu Fernandez/The Associated Press)

FIFA World Cup: Canada will co-host 2026 event


It is the the biggest and most watched sporting event in the world. As the FIFA World Cup is set to get underway in Moscow, FIFA officials have just announced that a joint bid for the 2026 event has been awarded to Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

They were up against a bid from Morrocco, which argued that as an African country where the sport is enthusiastically played and supported. However, security risks were believed by many to have played a role in the final FIFA decision.

In the end, 134 of the 200 votes (67 %) opted for the joint bid.

FIFA announcement today of the winning bid for the 2026 games. (FIFA)

Canada has never hosted the men’s World Cup, but did host the 2015 Women’s Cup.

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The 2026 event will see an expansion to 48 teams from the current 32 with 80 matches played over 32 days.

The US will host the majority of games  while Canada and Mexico will each host ten with the major centres of Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal as likely venues.

The United States hosted the World Cup in 1994, and Mexico has staged the event twice before, in 1970 and 1986. It was at the 1986 event that Canada’s men’s team made its only World Cup appearance, but lost all three games and was eliminated in the first round.

As co-host Canada would normally be expected to get an automatic qualification to play, but FIFA ruled earlier that in case of a “joint-hosting”, automatic qualification for host countries would be subject to another separate vote later.

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One comment on “FIFA World Cup: Canada will co-host 2026 event
  1. Peter Ashcroft says:

    What will the distance be between the greatest separated fixture grounds?

    <em>Moderator: presuming games will be held in Mexico City and Vancouver= about 4,800km apart (3,900 by air), or Mexico City Montreal- about 4,700 km apart (3,700 by air),,, the distance between Montreal and Vancouver is almost the same as Montreal Mexico City