Backgrounder – The United 2026 Bid for the 2026 FIFA World CupTM

Backgrounder

Overview

The FIFA World CupTM, held every four years, is the most prestigious tournament for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

On April 10, 2017, the soccer governing bodies for Canada, Mexico, and the United States jointly announced that they will pursue a bid for the 2026 FIFA World CupTM. Morocco is currently the only other eligible nation that is bidding.

On December 18, 2017, the Canadian Soccer Association submitted a formal request for hosting support and funding for the 2026 FIFA World CupTM.

On June 13, 2018, 211 FIFA members will vote to determine if United 2026, Morocco, or neither will host the 2026 FIFA World CupTM.

Important Steps in the Bid Process

  • March 16, 2018: Submission of the United 2026 Bid Book to FIFA.
  • June 13, 2018: a FIFA Congress vote will occur to determine if United 2026 or Morocco is awarded the 2026 FIFA World CupTM; if neither bid is awarded the event, the process is then open to all other FIFA members.

Success of Hosting the Recent FIFA World CupTM for Women

Major international sport events provide an opportunity to bring together athletes, spectators and tourists from across the world and to showcase a country on the international stage. Hosting such events can offer host countries and cities a powerful catalyst for cultural, social and economic growth.

In 2015, Canada hosted the FIFA World CupTM for Women from June 6 to July 5, 2015. It was held in six cities from coast to coast across five time zones: Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montréal and Moncton. The 52‑match tournament attracted 576 of the world’s top players and 48 coaches from 24 countries.

The Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014TM helped generate $493.6 million in economic activity for Canada.

There were opportunities to leverage the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM for social development goals both within host cities and across the country. One example was “Live Your Goals,” a dedicated FIFA development campaign aimed at inspiring girls and young women to get involved in soccer and stay in the game.

As we move forward, all governments and sport partners will discuss planning and development of legacy and leveraging initiatives if United 2026 is awarded the event.

Sport Legacy and Indigenous Partnership

Soccer is the sport with the most participants in the world. Hosting the 2026 FIFA World CupTM would provide the opportunity to continue to grow participation rates for both girls and boys in Canada and for the Canadian men’s and women’s national teams to compete against the best soccer players in the world. Hosting the event could invigorate both men’s and women’s high-performance soccer in Canada and the next generation of athletes.

Major sport events provide opportunities to positively impact and engage Indigenous groups, promote sport within Indigenous communities and showcase Indigenous culture as part of a broader celebration of diversity and inclusion. These activities contribute to and promote reconciliation.

Multicultural Communities in Canada

Canada welcomes approximately 300,000 new immigrants each year from all over the world. One fifth of Canadians were born elsewhere and chose to immigrate here. During the FIFA World CupTM, Canadians from all backgrounds will come to cheer on their roots and their favourite teams together. Canada is a country that celebrates our diversity as a strength. Every team is a home team.

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