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2026 FIFA World Cup™: Canada, USA and Mexico declare intention to submit unified bid

Posted on 10 April 2017 in FIFA

The historic unified bid would represent the first time that three nations would jointly host a FIFA competition More

Canada, USA and Mexico to make historic announcement

Posted on 8 April 2017 in FIFA

10 April at 14.00 ET in New York City More

Olympic Bronze Medalist Karina LeBlanc in Saskatoon for FIFA Live Your Goals Festival

Posted on 3 December 2016 in FIFA

#LiveYourGoals More

FIFA Live Your Goals Festival in Saskatoon with appearance by Karina LeBlanc

Posted on 17 November 2016 in FIFA

#LiveYourGoals More

Canada Soccer congratulates FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence at McGill University, University of British Columbia

Posted on 1 September 2016 in FIFA

Inauguration ceremonies More

Retired Canadian player Karina LeBlanc attends first session of FIFA’s Female Leadership Development Programme

Posted on 10 June 2016 in FIFA

Karina LeBlanc joined other female soccer leaders at FIFA Headquarters in Zurich More

FIFA Congress approves landmark reforms

Posted on 26 February 2016 in FIFA

FIFA’s member associations have approved a package of landmark reforms. More

Canada Soccer supports Infantino bid for FIFA Presidency

Posted on 25 February 2016 in FIFA

Canada Soccer Board of Directors has voted unanimously to cast their ballot for Gianni Infantino. More

Year in Review: FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™

Posted on 26 December 2015 in FIFA

For the first time ever, Canada hosted a competition from coast to coast across the country - from Vancouver on the Pacific coast to Moncton on the Atlantic coast More

FIFA Women’s World Cups support $493.6m in economic activity for Canada

Posted on 5 November 2015 in FIFA

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2014 exceeded the preliminary projections of $337 million made in February 2014 by 46%. More

World comes together for Canada 2015 final

Posted on 4 July 2015 in FIFA

The competition has captivated a world-wide audience, with exceptional organisation, record crowds and an inspirational performance from the host team. More

FIFA’s Live Your Goals Festivals to inspire female youth players across Canada

Posted on 30 April 2015 in FIFA

The festivals will be organised in Ottawa on 3 May, Winnipeg on 18 May and Vancouver on 23 May. They follow the Live Your Goals events in Edmonton, Moncton, Montréal, and Toronto in 2014. More

Sinclair and Buchanan on stamp as Canada hosts FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™

Posted on 28 April 2015 in FIFA

The stamp, featuring Canada’s Christine Sinclair and Kadeisha Buchanan, will be issued on May 6 in post offices across the country, but currently available for pre-orders online. More

Sarah McLachlan, Tegan and Sara announced as Opening Ceremony artists for FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™

Posted on 20 April 2015 in FIFA

Opening Ceremony will take place in advance of the Opening Match on 6 June at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton More

Canada set for biggest ever TV production in women’s football

Posted on 17 April 2015 in FIFA

A standard minimum set-up of 20 cameras per match will provide fans with a viewing experience on a par with top European league coverage, with an enhanced camera plan of 22 cameras for the Opening Match, Semi-Finals and the Final Match. More

FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ celebrates National Volunteer Week

Posted on 17 April 2015 in FIFA

Over 2,000 volunteers will sport the uniform this summer, contributing over 80,000 volunteer hours, as Canada has the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of welcoming the world from coast to coast. More

Event ambassadors for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™

Posted on 6 March 2015 in FIFA

Two new event ambassadors for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ have been announced. More

Canada celebrates 100 days To a Greater Goal™

Posted on 27 February 2015 in FIFA

The world is celebrating 100 days until the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, with the premier football event set to kick off this 6 June from coast to coast across Canada. More

Canadians invited to get in on the excitement of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola

Posted on 19 February 2015 in FIFA

First-ever tour of the real FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy will visit 12 cities ahead of largest live spectator sporting event in Canadian history. More

Canada tickets on sale during Visa pre-sale for Canada 2015

Posted on 6 February 2015 in FIFA

Visa pre-sale opens for individual tickets to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ More

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CONCACAF member nations Canada, USA and Mexico have declared their intention to formally submit a unified bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. The historic unified bid, which would represent the first time that three nations would jointly host a FIFA competition, was announced by CONCACAF and Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani, U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, and Mexican Football Federation president Decio deMaria.

The 10 April announcement was made at One World Observatory in New York on the 102nd and top floor of the One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The announcement comes on the heels of the 2017 CONCACAF Ordinary Congress at which the intention to bring the FIFA World Cup™ back to CONCACAF in 2026 received unanimous support from the 41 member associations.

"Canada has already proven itself as a formidable host for the world's game, setting FIFA records for attendance at the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, the men's FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007, and the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™," said Victor Montagliani, president of Canada Soccer and CONCACAF. "We look forward to continuing our successful collaboration with fellow CONCACAF member associations U.S. Soccer and Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación under the FIFA Council principles for joint bids and to continue our tradition of hosting record-breaking international events."


The three nations have hosted 13 FIFA World Cups combined (men’s, women’s and youth), which is more than any other trio of geographically-connected nations, and set attendance records for five of those events. The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the first with the expanded 48-team format, requiring facilities and infrastructure that these countries are uniquely suited to fulfill.

Canada hosted the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, which featured an expanded 24-nation field with matches played in six cities in five time zones. With record-setting attendance for any FIFA event outside of the men's FIFA World Cup™, over 1.35M spectators attended matches while more than 20 million Canadian viewers watched the competition on television.

Canada has hosted five FIFA tournaments including the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Canada 2002 at which the 47,784 final match crowd set (and still holds) a record for the largest attendance at a FIFA women's youth competition. Canada Soccer continued to build momentum five years later for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 which drew a then-record 1.2M fans to the 52-match competition in six Canadian cities.

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.

“This is an important step for Canada Soccer as we continue discussions with our partners,” said Peter Montopoli, General Secretary, Canada Soccer. "As we work through the next steps with our partners and stakeholders, we look forward to outlining a more comprehensive plan in the coming months. A unified bid between Canada, USA, and Mexico for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will help ensure a world-class event for the world's most popular sport."

USA hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup™, to date the most successful in history for overall attendance and revenue. USA ’94 served as the catalyst to launch Major League Soccer in 1996, which today fields 19 teams in USA and three in Canada. In addition, USA welcomed the world for the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cups.

Mexico was the first nation to host the FIFA World Cup™ for the second time, having held the event in 1970 and 1986. Argentina's Diego Maradona captured their second title in three tournaments at the 1986 FIFA World Cup™. Mexico later became the first host country to win the FIFA Confederations Cup, collecting the title on home soil in 1999. They repeated that feat at the youth level with a victory in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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Canada Soccer, US Soccer, and the Mexican Football Federation will make a historic announcement on Monday 10 April in New York City. The announcement will be made at a media event on 14.00 ET at One World Observatory on the 102nd and top floor of the One World Trade Center.

The media event will feature:

• Victor Montagliani - President, Canadian Soccer Association; President of CONCACAF
• Sunil Gulati - President, United States Soccer Federation; Member, FIFA Council
• Decio de Maria - President, Mexican Football Federation

 

Saskatchewan Soccer Association is pleased to announce that in partnership with Canada Soccer and FIFA, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Legacy will continue with the hosting of a #LiveYourGoals Festival.

The SaskTel Sports Centre will be filled with the sights and sounds of close to 200 young girls and 60 volunteers, as the FIFA #LiveYourGoals Festival comes to Saskatoon on December 3rd. FIFA Live Your Goals is a global initiative that inspires girls and young women to achieve their goals in football through perseverance, fair play and teamwork - all while making new friends.

As part of the Canada 2015 Legacy Program, seven FIFA #LiveYourGoals Festivals were held from coast to coast between 2014 and 2015 with 1,315 girls having the opportunity to participate. The festivals were held in: Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ottawa, Ontario; Montréal, Québec; and Moncton, New Brunswick.

The afternoon clinic for young girls aged six to twelve will feature Olympic bronze medalist, former Women's National Team goalkeeper and television personality, Karina LeBlanc. The clinic will also involve members of the Saskatchewan Regional Excel Program as leaders in training. This group of 40 young women will participate in a morning leadership session led by LeBlanc designed to provide the athletes with the skills to become leaders both on and off the field and have a positive impact on the next generation of soccer players.

“The FIFA #LiveYourGoals Festivals are particularly important as they inspire girls and young women to participate in the world's most popular game and show that they can achieve their personal goals through soccer," said Peter Montopoli, General Secretary, Canada Soccer. "We are excited to expand the clinic format for the first time-ever by having Karina LeBlanc conduct a leadership development session with the Regional Excel Centre participants to ensure that we are impacting young female players both on and off the field."

“The Saskatchewan Soccer Association is thrilled to partner with Canada Soccer and FIFA to bring a #LiveYourGoals Festival to Saskatoon," said Dave Nutt, Director of Soccer Operations, Saskatchewan Soccer Association. "Not only will this event provide a tremendous opportunity for young female athletes to meet, interact with, and be inspired by an icon of Canadian soccer, the support of young women in meaningful leadership roles will leave a lasting legacy on the soccer community. We look forward to welcoming Karina and to a wonderful event.”

"I am excited to be part of the first-ever FIFA #LiveYourGoals Festival that will also include a leadership development opportunity for high performance athletes," said Karina LeBlanc. "These young women will demonstrate the ability to positively impact others through their leadership as we look to create more leaders more often."

The event is set to kick off with the official participant march-in at 13.30 ET, including messages from the Honorable Ken Cheveldayoff, Minister of Parks, Culture, and Sport for Saskatchewan, Lisa Bagonluri, Vice-President, Saskatchewan Soccer Association and Karina herself. Through a series of skill and game stations, young girls from all over of Saskatchewan will have the opportunities to develop their skills, be taught by Saskatchewan’s young and upcoming female soccer leaders, and be inspired by a Canadian soccer icon.

For further details about the event of the media opportunities, contact Jennifer Ellarma, Coordinator of Communications and Funds Development for the Saskatchewan Soccer Association at ccfd@sasksoccer.com or +1 306.519.9093.

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