FIFA World Cup 2026: Selection of North American bid could bring tournament to Edmonton


Edmonton’s hopes of becoming a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup rest on a final vote Wednesday morning in Moscow.

The 68th FIFA Congress will determine the site of the 2026 tournament, selecting from a joint North American bid submitted by Canada, the United States and Mexico, or a bid from Morocco.

More than 200 delegates representing every country registered with FIFA will cast their vote, with the winning bid to be revealed at approximately 4 a.m. MT from Russia (TSN, FIFA.com).

Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are the three Canadian cities designated to possibly host games in the 2026 tournament, which is expanding to include 48 countries, up from the current 32-team format.

If the united North American bid is successful, it would be the first time Canada will partake in hosting the men’s World Cup tournament.

Canada has played host to numerous FIFA events in the past, including the men’s Under-16 World Championship in 1982, the 2002 under-19 women’s World Championship, the 2007 men’s Under-20 World Cup, the 2014 Under-20 Women’s World Cup and the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

A successful North American bid would likely also give the Canadian national team an automatic berth into the 2026 tournament. Canada’s sole World Cup appearance was in 1986 in Mexico, where they did not score a goal, losing to France, Hungry and the Soviet Union in the group stage.

The majority of the 80 matches in the North American bid would be played in the United States, who hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Mexico played host to the 1970 and 1986 World Cup.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins Thursday with hosts Russia squaring off against Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the tournament.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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