2026 FIFA World Cup Host Cities Announcement 

NEW YORK (June 16, 2022)— The World Cup is coming to Toronto and Vancouver — but Edmonton will have to watch from a distance.

At a press conference in New York on Thursday evening, FIFA confirmed that just two Canadian cities have made the final cut as venues for the 2026 men’s World Cup which is being jointly hosted by Canada, the United States and Mexico.

BMO Field, the home of Toronto FC and Vancouver’s BC Place, passed the tests of FIFA’s inspection team but both will now have to tackle upgrades in time for soccer’s grandest spectacle in four years’ time.

Much of the tension around Thursday’s announcement centered on which of the American cities would make the final cut, but Edmonton missing out added drama from a Canadian perspective, too. Washington, D.C, was hoping that they would make the cut hosting FIFA with Baltimore, Maryland, but they did get the call.

The United bid which won the rights to host the 2026 tournament ahead of rival Morocco four years ago will mark the first time a World Cup has been hosted in three countries. It will also be the first tournament under FIFA’s expanded format which will see 48 teams, rather than 32, competing.

FIFA Hosting Cities

1. Vancouver, Canada, Seattle, Washington, San Francisco, California, Los Angeles, Guadalajara, Kansas City, Dallas, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, Houston, Texas, Monterrey, California,  Mexico City, Toronto, Canada, Boston, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Miami, Florida  New York and New Jersey.

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Source: The Peterborough Examiner wrote the original article.

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