The United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to impact the game in North America through hosting the FIFA World Cup™..
The United 2026 Bid Committee vision is simple: together, we offer FIFA an unprecedented, united opportunity to stage the new 2026 FIFA World Cup™, with 48 national teams and 80 matches, with a low-risk operational certainty that is only exceeded by its opportunity to economically embellish and propel global football forward for years to come.
Canada Soccer will use the opportunity to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ to innovate and align football in our country over an eight-year roadmap, to advance the development of the sport across the nation, and to invest in the game in communities from coast to coast to coast.
Soccer has long been one of Canada's favourite sports as well as the number one participation sport across the country. As a growing soccer nation, the sport has enjoyed unprecedented public and corporate support alongside dedicated leaders working together to advance the game. Hosting competitions like the record-setting FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Canada 2002, the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ have had major impacts in growing the interest in the sport across the country.
Canada is considered a leader in women’s football and was the only FIFA Member Association to medal at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Canada Soccer is working diligently to align its men’s program from the youth to national teams in an effort to produce world-class players on a consistent basis. At the professional level, Canada is home to three Major League Soccer franchises – Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver – and the soon-to-be launched Canadian Premier League. From 2007 to 2016, the biggest in-stadia sporting event of the year in Canada were professional or international soccer matches four times (2007, 2012, 2015, 2016).
Canada is ready to host the FIFA World Cup™!
Canada have a history of success to prove they are ready to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™! Canada has regularly raised the bar for youth and women’s FIFA tournaments by hosting successful events and setting attendance records..
It is time Canadians have the opportunity to welcome the soccer fans to our nation for the biggest sporting event in the world, once again giving soccer fans an opportunity to experience what Canada has to offer!
Canadians also love their top-level soccer, often amongst the top-20 FIFA member associations in purchasing tickets to a FIFA World Cup™ abroad. In fact, more Canadians purchased tickets per capita to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ than Brazilians. With a large existing fan base, and the highest proportion of foreign-born population of all G7 countries (20.6%), Canada is in a position to demonstrate our hospitality as we welcome the world and celebrate the game.
By investing in football through partnerships with our stakeholders and governments, we will create a legacy of Team Base Camps and municipal infrastructure that will contribute to the development of the game for generations to come. Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will help Canada Soccer further advance the development of the sport by ensuring that Canada’s largest participation sport will progress players, officials, and coaches through a system that will encourage healthy active lifestyles through life-long participation for all. The opportunity of hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will provide further opportunities to innovate the game in Canada over an eight-year roadmap that will align the current high-performance structure across all age groups and stakeholders to ensure consistent international results.