FIFA officials will visit Toronto this week to evaluate for World Cup

Apr 9 2018, 9:36 pm

Be on your best behaviour, everyone. FIFA is coming to town.

The FIFA Bid Evaluation Task Force is beginning its technical tour of the United Bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. They’re visiting Mexico City today and tomorrow, before traveling to Atlanta, Toronto, and New York.

FIFA officials are scheduled to be in Toronto Wednesday and Thursday, where the candidate host city will be evaluated.

Over the course of this week, the Task Force will review proposed locations for the 2026 World Cup, including stadiums, training facilities/team base camps, and FIFA Fan Fests.

The North American bid (composed of Canada, USA, and Mexico) is a finalist, along with Morocco, for the 2026 World Cup – the first to feature an expanded 48-team format. If successful, Canada would host 10 matches, with games at BMO Field highly likely.

Toronto, Montreal, and Edmonton are the three remaining Canadian cities in the running to host matches.

Recent reports indicate that Morocco has the support of a significant portion of voting countries, as growing anti-American/anti-Trump sentiment could derail the United Bid’s chances. The United Bid is expected to play up Canada and Mexico’s involvement, so the visit to Toronto could have added importance.

FIFA will make its decision before the start of the World Cup in Russia this June.

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