Canada is expected to officially reveal a joint bid on Monday to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup alongside Mexico and the United States.
Presidents from all three federations — including the CSA’s Victor Montagliani — will officially unveil the bid during a Monday press conference at the One World Observatory in Lower Manhattan.
The 2026 tournament will expand from 32 to 48 teams, with six teams from CONCACAF qualifying for the tournament. Expect CONCACAF to push for automatic qualification for each host country. As of now, no other nations have officially stepped forward as interested 2026 hosts — perhaps because the expected tri-bid appears unbeatable a full nine years before the competition.
However, FIFA’s bidding process has a knack for the unusual. England’s solid World Cup 2018 bid was trumped by Russia before Qatar’s 2022 bid was voted ahead of the U.S., which is hoping to host for the first time since 1994, eight years after Mexico hosted the tournament. It’s unclear how many host cities will be allotted to the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The process typically involves a bidding process from cities wishing to host games throughout the month-long competition.
But with 16 groups of three teams in 2026, there’s an opportunity to expand beyond the typical 10-12 host cities. In terms of Canada’s participation, it’s unclear if a men’s World Cup would stipulate natural grass in the wake of the women’s edition, which was played entirely on artificial surfaces. There’s currently one natural grass stadium in Canada equipped to host a group stage game at a men’s World Cup — BMO Field in Toronto.
he ruling council of soccer's world governing body FIFA is likely to back a three-nation North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup when it meets on Tuesday in Bahrain. With no rival bid having emerged, the organizers of the joint proposal from the United States, Mexico and Canada want a "non-competitive window" to prepare their detailed plan and then be given full, formal ratification in 2018. A motion to fast-track the North American bid will be in front of FIFA's Congress on Thursday but the smaller leadership body, the FIFA Council, will give its verdict on the idea on Tuesday.