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Government of Canada Announces Funding to Canada Soccer for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 23 May 2019 in FIFA

Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced the Government of Canada will provide up to $4.3 million to Canada Soccer from now into 2020 in preparation for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.As first announced in March 2018, the Government of Canada strongly supports co More

FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy Tour Touches Down in Toronto with Fan Experience Event on Tuesday, April 30

Posted on 24 April 2019 in FIFA

With kickoff of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FRANCE 2019™ less than two months away, Canada Soccer and TSN prime Canadian soccer fans for this summer’s iconic tournament by hosting the Toronto stop of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy Tour on Tuesday, April 30.The Trophy More

Canada hands trophy over to France

Posted on 25 February 2019 in FIFA

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Canadian officials return from FIFA World Cup in Russia

Posted on 19 July 2018 in FIFA

Canadian officials have returned from duties at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. While Joe Fletcher was appointed as an Assistant Referee for the second time, both Charmaine Crooks and Charlie Cuzzetto took part in their first FIFA World Cup Russia™ this summer.Joe Fletcher was appointed More

United Bid Selected to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 13 June 2018 in FIFA

The United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States was selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ earlier today by the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow. For the first time in history, FIFA’s Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the FIFA World Cup™. More

What's next: Answering questions on what's ahead for the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Posted on 13 June 2018 in FIFA

Canada, Mexico, and the United States were awarded the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup during the 68th FIFA Congress on June 13, 2018 in Moscow.You have questions on the tournament’s return to North America? We have answers.See below.GENERAL COMMENTSWe are all elated and, above all, very More

Canada Soccer announces Canadian Ambassadors for United 2026 Bid

Posted on 31 May 2018 in FIFA

Canada Soccer has named seven all-time greats as ambassadors for the United 2026 Bid for the FIFA World Cup™. In an effort to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ to Canada, Mexico, and the United States, the seven former National Team players are all united in their belief that the 2026 More

STATEMENT FROM THE UNITED BID

Posted on 13 April 2018 in FIFA

"The United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States is grateful for today's endorsement by CONMEBOL, the confederation representing ten South American member associations. This announcement builds on the support of UNCAF's six voting member associations that the United Bid was honored to re More

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Day Four: New York/New Jersey

Posted on 13 April 2018 in FIFA

FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force has completed its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States by visiting New York and New Jersey—the fourth and final United Bid Candidate Host City that the Task Force will visit and evaluate during their trip.New J More

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Day Three: Toronto

Posted on 12 April 2018 in FIFA

Having already visited Mexico City and Atlanta, FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force continued its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States on Thursday with a visit to Toronto—the third of four United Bid Candidate Host Cities that the Task Force will vi More

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Day Two: Atlanta

Posted on 11 April 2018 in FIFA

Following its visit to Mexico City, FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force continued its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States with a stop on Wednesday in Atlanta —the second of four United Bid Candidate Host Cities that the Task Force will visit and ev More

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Day One: Mexico City

Posted on 10 April 2018 in FIFA

On April 10, 2017, soccer’s governing bodies in Canada, Mexico and the United States came together in New York City to announce their United Bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America. On Tuesday – exactly 365 days later – FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force began More

23 Candidate Host Cities to be Included in United Bid to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 15 March 2018 in FIFA

On the eve of submitting its bid to FIFA to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, the United Bid announced its list of 23 Candidate Host Cities that will be included in the Bid Book. The three Canadian cities to be included are Edmonton, Montréal, and Toronto. The number and diversity of More

United Bid Committee: Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ could create more than $5 billion in economic activity for North America

Posted on 8 February 2018 in FIFA

Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ could generate more than $5 billion in short-term economic activity, including supporting approximately 40,000 jobs and more than $1 billion in incremental worker earnings across North America, according to a study done by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a l More

New North American survey shows broad support for United Bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 24 October 2017 in FIFA

As Bid Moves into New Phase, more than Three Quarters of North Americans are in Favour of Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ More

United Bid Committee moves into next stage of bid process for 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 4 October 2017 in FIFA

The 32 Cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States that could serve as Official Host Cities now begin process of finalizing hosting documents. More

United Bid Committee moves into next stage of bid process for 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 4 October 2017 in FIFA

The 32 Cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States that could serve as Official Host Cities now begin process of finalizing hosting documents. More

41 CITIES ACROSS CANADA, MEXICO AND UNITED STATES SUBMIT BIDS TO SERVE AS HOST CITIES IN UNITED BID FOR 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP™

Posted on 7 September 2017 in FIFA

United Bid Committee Will Review Bids and Release City Shortlist Later this Fall More

Three Nations, 41 Cities: A Look at the United Bid's Potential Hosts

Posted on 7 September 2017 in FIFA

Fourty-one cities are taking the next step towards being a part of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ by submitting their bids to become Official Host Cities. The candidate cities span diverse geography across three North American nations, and are united in their commitment to the sport and its futu More

United Bid Committee Commences Outreach for Potential Official Host Cities in Bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 15 August 2017 in FIFA

44 Cities and 49 Stadiums Across Canada, Mexico and USA Approached to Become Official Host Cities More

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Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced the Government of Canada will provide up to $4.3 million to Canada Soccer from now into 2020 in preparation for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

As first announced in March 2018, the Government of Canada strongly supports co-hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ with the United States and Mexico. The funding announced today will provide Canada Soccer with the resources  required to adequately plan and inform long-term decisions required to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

Held every four years, the FIFA World Cup™ is the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s (FIFA) most prestigious competition. Co-hosting this international event will provide significant opportunities for the sport community. Our government recognizes the tremendous power and many benefits of sport. The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will bring people of diverse backgrounds together and help shape our national and cultural identity. It will also provide social, community, cultural and economic benefits to Canadians, as well as strengthen Canada’s image as a leading sport nation. While Canada has never hosted the men’s senior FIFA World Cup™, it has successfully hosted all other FIFA competitions, including the record-setting FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. Held in six cities and provinces across Canada, the competition attracted 1.35 million spectators and generated an economic impact of nearly half a billion dollars.

The Government of Canada is proud of the investments it makes to support the hosting of international sport events. It will continue to work with the CSA, along with the candidate host cities of Edmonton, Alberta; Montréal, Québec; and Toronto, Ontario as this event presents an important opportunity to support our athletes, communities, economy and international reputation as a leader in sport.

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“Co-hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is an excellent opportunity for our athletes to inspire Canadians across the country while helping support small- and medium-sized businesses from coast to coast to coast. Our athletes will get the opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities on their home turf, in front of friends and family, and will encourage young athletes to stay active and strive for greatness.”
—The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport

“On behalf of Canada Soccer, we express our sincere appreciation to the Government of Canada for their financial contribution to the transition phase for the co-hosting of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. From the onset of the bidding process, the Government of Canada has been at the table to support our efforts to secure the bid and now in this next phase we know that the continued collaboration with all levels of government will give us the best opportunity to ensure that Edmonton, Alberta; Montréal, Quebec; and Toronto, Ontario, are all selected as official host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.”
— Peter Montopoli, General Secretary, Canada Soccer

Quick Facts

  • On April 10, 2017, the football governing bodies for Canada, the United States and Mexico announced that they would pursue a joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World CupTM. Together, they created the United 2026 bid.
  • On June 13, 2018, FIFA selected Canada, Mexico and the United States to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

With kickoff of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FRANCE 2019™ less than two months away, Canada Soccer and TSN prime Canadian soccer fans for this summer’s iconic tournament by hosting the Toronto stop of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy Tour on Tuesday, April 30.

The Trophy will appear at the Bay Adelaide Centre in Toronto on Tuesday, April 30 from 12 – 2 p.m. ET for a unique fan experience event, featuring:

  • Fan photo opportunities with the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy
  • TSN broadcast desk activation
  • Meet-and-greet with two former Canadian Women’s National Team players: FIFA legend Karina LeBlanc and TSN FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FRANCE 2019™ analyst Carmelina Moscato

On its worldwide tour of all 24 participating member associations, the coveted Trophy makes its final international stop in the country that attracted a record-setting 1.35 million fans and 20.8 million unique Canadian viewers when it last hosted the world’s largest single sporting event for women before heading to Paris ahead of this summer’s FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FRANCE 2019™.

Bell Media is the official Canadian media partner of this summer’s FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FRANCE 2019™, delivering every game of the tournament on CTV, TSN, and RDS beginning June 7.

To mark the launch of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy Tour in Paris on Sunday 24 February, 2015 tournament organisers Canada handed the baton on to upcoming hosts France, who are hoping to raise the bar even higher in terms of attendances and audience.

Hailed in all quarters, Canada 2015 beat all records and took women’s football into a new era, not least in the host country.

“The legacy of the World Cup was huge for us,” said Steve Reed, the president of Canada Soccer. “We now have around a million registered players, which is a pretty significant number. We’ve launched a number of programmes and made the sport more accessible, both for girls and boys.”

“We rose to a very big challenge in holding the World Cup in such a big country, with five different time zones,” added Peter Montopoli, the secretary general of Canada Soccer. “The whole country rallied round though, and in the end we beat audience records and set a new standard. Canada 2015 was a turning point in the history of women’s football. The women’s team attract the highest attendances these days and we’re very proud of that.”

“We’re battle ready but we’re going to step up our efforts to ensure that everything is perfect in terms of organisation and engagement across the whole country,” said a smiling Brigitte Henriques, vice-president of the French Football Federation (FFF) and the France 2019 Local Organising Committee (LOC), who was only too happy to speak to her Canadian counterparts about the major challenge awaiting France.

“What was so amazing about Canada was that the stadiums were full, with many of the games attracting crowds in excess of 25,000. We also saw a record audience as well, both on TV and social media, which had everything to do with how well the tournament was organised. We’ve seen the legacy that the tournament left and that’s encouraged us to push on, especially with youth and health programmes.”

Henriques also pointed to the fact that Les Bleus’ triumph at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has raised expectations among French fans, who in her opinion want to experience those emotions all over again and who are showing an increasing appetite for the women’s game.

“It’s a gamble that's paid off, because women’s football in France had a very low profile before 2011. Since then we’ve gone from 50,000 to 150,000 registered players. We’ve been promoting the World Cup in every Host City for the last two years and it’s gone so well that we’re actually worried a lot of people will come away empty handed when individual tickets go on sale to the general public on 7 March.”

 

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