Fans react to Canada winning bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Jun 13 2018, 6:00 pm

Get ready Canada.

The United Bid of Canada, the United States, and Mexico was successful on Wednesday, winning the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. They defeated Morocco 134 votes to 65.

Many Canadians woke up to the announcement Wednesday morning, as the Bid Committee celebrated in Moscow.

A trio of young players from each country making up the United Bid were on hand, including 17-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian national team member Alphonso Davies.

Davies represents the future of Canadian soccer, as he’ll be in his prime as a 25-year-old in eight years. He could very well be the face of the team by then – if he isn’t already.

It goes without saying that people were excited to hear the news – as this is likely a once in a lifetime opportunity. Only 16 countries have hosted a World Cup before, with Russia and Qatar making it 18 before games are played in Canada.

Even new mortal enemies Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump were tweeting about it…

Of course, when it comes to Canada and soccer, there were jokes. Canada has not qualified for the tournament since 1986. An automatic berth into the 2026 tournament, although not guaranteed, is expected.

Meanwhile in Toronto…

Meanwhile in Vancouver…

Meanwhile in Calgary…

Meanwhile in Montreal…

But it’s important to remember that the World Cup is more than a soccer tournament. It’s a global event, one that even casual fans will be wrapped up in.

The party is only eight years away.

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