The World Cup is Coming to Canada!

web2FIFA member associations gathering in Moscow last Wednesday voted 134 – 65 in favour of the joint North American bid by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup, beating out Morocco. The hosting decision likely opens the door to Canada finally returning to the men’s world stage, a widely expected scenario as co-host that has yet to be officially confirmed.
The current blueprint calls for Canada and Mexico to stage ten games each, with the U.S. hosting sixty.
But that is not carved in stone.
Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are the Canadian candidate host cities for the men’s soccer showcase, expanded to forty-eight teams for the 2026 tournament.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “It’s an opportunity to bring the world together and highlight how ell things work between Canada, Mexico and the United States”. Steven Reed, president of the Canadian Soccer Association, called the FIFA Congress decision “an extraordinary honour and privilege”. A special thank you to our own local Italian/Canadian CONCACAF President, Victor Montagliani in playing a key role in the bid, called the vote a “monumental victory” for the confederation, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean. Charlie Cuzzetto, served as general manager of Vancouver Columbus FC. served as president of the British Columbia Soccer Association, has served on the Canadian Soccer Association’s Board of Directors, served as a head of delegation with Canada’s national teams, including FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011, and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012, served as a member on the Canadian Soccer Association Governance Committee, and served on CONCACAF’s Appeal Committee. (Frank Cucca)

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