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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in Vancouver and Toronto, among other places

The FIFA World Cup will be held in Vancouver and Toronto in 2026.

Key Takeaways:

  • The FIFA World Cup will be held in Canada, the United States, and Mexico in 2026, with matches taking place in Vancouver and Toronto.
  • This will be the first World Cup with 48 teams after the tournament’s expansion. This winter, Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, which will be held before the 2026 World Cup.

Vancouver and Toronto have been named as two of the 2026 FIFA World Cup hosts, with matches taking place in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Three Canadian cities were on the shortlist to host World Cup matches in the future.

BC Place, which hosted multiple FIFA Women’s World Cup matches in 2015, will host the matches. It has a capacity of 54,000 people and a synthetic surface.

Following the announcement, Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart tweeted that he “can’t wait to welcome fans and players to our city!”

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The matches will be held at BMO Field, also home to the Toronto Argonauts and Toronto FC. It has a capacity of roughly 28,000 fans, but officials hope to add temporary seats to increase that capacity to 45,000, which is FIFA’s minimum requirement.

Toronto Mayor John Tory welcomed the World Cup to Toronto in a video greeting during the FIFA live announcement.

He stated, “This global metropolis is ready to embrace the worldwide game.” “Toronto is fully committed and ready to welcome the rest of the globe.”

Ten games will be played in Canada, with the exact split between the two cities undetermined.

The FIFA World Cup will be held in Vancouver and Toronto in 2026.
The FIFA World Cup will be held in Vancouver and Toronto in 2026. Image from Narcity

Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton was also a finalist, but it was not chosen.

In a statement, Alberta’s Minister of Culture Ron Orr expressed his “collective sadness with soccer fans here in Alberta” over the Commonwealth Stadium’s absence from the list of venues.

“While they won’t be able to see the games here, we hope that fans from around the world will follow the matches and come to Alberta to experience our first-class western hospitality, beautiful landscapes, and vibrant cities.”

The men’s tournament will be held in Canada for the first time, and three countries will host it for the first time.

After the tournament’s expansion, this will be the first World Cup with 48 teams. The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar this winter, before the 2026 World Cup.

Two cities from Canada, 3 from Mexico, and eleven from the United States are among the venues.

Source: CTV News

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