FIFA WORLD CUP coming to Canada in 2026

FIFA president Gianni Infantino (R) poses with the United 2026 bid (Canada-Mexico-US) officials Carlos Cordeiro (3rd R), president of the United States Football Association, president of the Mexican Football Association Decio de Maria Serrano (2nd L), Steve Reed (2nd R), president of the Canadian Soccer Association, following the announcement of the 2026 World Cup host during the 68th FIFA Congress at the Expocentre in Moscow on June 13, 2018.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino (R) poses with the United 2026 bid (Canada-Mexico-US) officials Carlos Cordeiro (3rd R), president of the United States Football Association, president of the Mexican Football Association Decio de Maria Serrano (2nd L), Steve Reed (2nd R), president of the Canadian Soccer Association, following the announcement of the 2026 World Cup host during the 68th FIFA Congress at the Expocentre in Moscow on June 13, 2018.

FIFA now has the final say on which cities are selected to host games and whether all three countries are guaranteed a place at the tournament. Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants them to take three of the six qualification slots reserved for the region.

The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside New York is proposed for the final.

An interior view of the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Good morning,

 

Please find attached, and pasted below, a letter from Canada Soccer President Steven Reed and General Secretary Peter Montopoli concerning the successful bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

 

In addition, please find at the following link a collection of assets to share via your own social channels: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9x2id20zlg9eueu/AAARx9WuQKphHYXhCxTkA4JIa?dl=0

 

Thank you.

 

Dear PTSO Presidents and Executive Directors,

 

The world is coming.

 

We are incredibly honoured to confirm that FIFA's member associations have selected Canada, Mexico and the United States as hosts for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

 

This historic announcement, made in Moscow at the 68th Congress, brings the FIFA World Cup back to North America in 2026 after a 32-year wait. It also marks the first time ever that the FIFA World Cup, which will expand to 48 nations and 80 matches, will be co-hosted across three nations.

 

At the beginning of our journey, we made a collective commitment to unite the world through football and to help create a new, sustainable blueprint for the future of FIFA World Cups. It is through the experience, expertise, and dedication of our partners that we secured the bid and will be able to empower the next generation of players and fans.

 

As identified in Canada Soccer’s Leading a Soccer Nation Strategic Plan for 2014-18, partnering to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ provides Canada Soccer with the opportunity to both grow the sport in our nation and showcase Canada as a country that is rich in natural beauty and proud of its cultural diversity with a strong passion for the world's game.

 

The United Bid reflects the vast geographic and cultural diversity of North America. The 2026 FIFA World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport.

 

With your support, we are ready to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup and propel our shared vision for the game in Canada. Along an eight-year journey, we have all the most incredible opportunity to grow the game to new heights in Canada, across North America, and around the world.


Steven Reed

President

Canada Soccer

 

Peter Montopoli

General Secretary

Canada Soccer

 

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