The FIFA World Cup is coming to Canada in 2026 and it’s expected Toronto will be one of the host cities.
The official announcement came down today after a historic vote in Moscow preceding the start of the 2018 World Cup which gets underway today.
A final decision on host cities needs to be decided by the United Bid’s organizing committee and FIFA and won’t be confirmed until a later date.
Should Toronto be selected, it’s expected the city will host a handful of games including one of the opening round matches.
All games from the quarterfinals onward will take place in the United States.
Canada has never hosted the FIFA World Cup before. In fact, the team last appeared in the global tournament in 1986 when it lost all three of its games.
For the 2026 tournament, it’s yet to be determined whether Canada’s team will receive automatic entry. This has usually been the case for the home team but the rules are changing that year as the field expands from 32 to 48 teams.
Whether Canada, the United States and Mexico automatically qualify as host countries will be decided by FIFA at a later date.
The City of Toronto had previously welcomed the opportunity to host the 2026 World Cup. Costs have been pegged at $30-$45 million and are expected to be shared by all levels of government.
It was previously reported that BMO Field would be expanded with additional seating and could host between 3-5 games.