Feds support Canadas bid for 2026 World Cup

Feds support Canada\s bid for 2026 World Cup
Canada announces support for continental World Cup bid
MP Kirsty Duncan has announced that Canada will join the USA and Mexico in a joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

It's official. Minister Duncan announces Canada is in with USA and Mexico for a joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup #FIFA #WorldCup #FIFWorldCup2026 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/RQ7eLHxiAm

The federal government officially threw its support behind the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup on Tuesday, with the promise of up to $5 million in immediate help should the unified bid win. Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are up against Morocco to host the men’s soccer showcase. Their bid books go to FIFA at the end of the week with a decision to be made June 13 at the FIFA congress. Tuesday’s announcement at BMO Field was the latest in a string of news events designed to show the bid is on track. Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton, identified as potential Canadian candidate cities, have already endorsed the bid.

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The bid, which will be part of a joint effort by national soccer associations in Canada, United States and Mexico, would see Toronto host a handful of games.

WAFF is made up of 13 federations – Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Palestine, Iran, Kuwait, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Qatar , Oman and Yemen.  The Moroccan delegation was reportedly welcomed by the President of the Jordanian Football Federation, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, who knows a thing or two about lobbying and voting patterns having twice tried and failed to become FIFA president.

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Canada would get to host 10 matches if the bid is successful. Thus far there has been no break down of how many games each city will get to host. pic.twitter.com/PMslcdHGHl

Earlier this year, Mayor John Tory said he was all for the city putting forth a bid to be one of the host cities.

March 13 – With just days to go before the two 2026 World Cup contenders have to hand in their bid books to FIFA, Moroccan officials have met with a key group of Asian nations to try and gain crucial support ahead of the vote in June.

City staff estimate it would cost between $30 million to $45 million to co-host the World Cup. However, those costs are expected to be shared between all three levels of government.

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The FIFA World Cup is one of the worlds most watched sporting events. The reaching World Cup in Brazil in 2014 reached an audience of 3.2 billion people.

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In previous years, Toronto made concessions for bars looking to accommodate the influx of soccer fans during World Cup, including extending last call and allowing bars to open early to let fans check out early-morning matches.

Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are up against Morocco to host the mens soccer showcase. Their bid books go to Federation International of Football Association (FIFA) at the end of the week with a decision to be made June 13 at the FIFA congress.

This would be the third international sporting event the city has played host to in recent years. In 2015, Toronto hosted the PanAm and Parapan Am Games and this summer thousands flocked to the city for the Invictus Games — and, of course, to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and his now fiance, Meghan Markle.

This will be the fifth time Morocco bids for hosting the FIFA World Cup. After unsuccessful attempts in 1994, 1998, 2006, and 2010, the country seems confident as FIFA attribution rules have changed. The 24 executive committee members will no longer make the decision. It will rather be entrusted to the 207 FIFA member associations, a policy change motivated by transparency concerns, as a large number of voting parties reduces corruption risk. The FIFA corruption scandal has been pointed out as the main reason resulting in Russia and Qatar winning the rights to host the World Cup in 2018 and in 2022 respectively. This new process means countries as small as Liechtenstein and as big as Russia will have the same voting weight.

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Second, Morocco pitches its advantageous, unified time zone, and the short distance and travel time between host cities. The country adopts the Greenwich Mean Time, which is the same time zone of England and has a relatively small area, allowing less than an hour flight between all the main cities. Former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter expressed support for Morocco’s bid, mentioning the logistical challenges caused by the joint bid from Canada/Mexico/United States.

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Canadian fans celebrate Canadas 3-0 win over Cuba in their FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier at BMO field in Toronto, Ontario, October 12, 2012

North America and Morocco are the only declared candidates so far vying to host the sporting event that is expected to be watched by billions of fans around the world.

If North America is picked to host the matches, Sports Minister Kirsty Duncan said Ottawa will provide up to Can$5 million to support the continued development of the event.

“As the only G7 country to have not hosted the men’s competition, we are more than ready to welcome the world along with our neighbours in Mexico and the United States,” said Steven Reed, head of Canada Soccer and co-chair of the united bid committee.

The 2026 competition will bring together for the first time 48 teams, up from 32 in 2018 and 2022.

The winning bid will be announced on June 13, at the start of the next World Cup in Russia. In another first, all 211 FIFA federations will have a say in the decision, which was previously made by the FIFA council.

At the end of December, Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, said he felt that this joint bid sent a “positive message.”

FIFA, he added, has “no right to impose heavy burdens on a single country if an event can be organized in more than one.”

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