FIFA officials in town to see if Toronto should host World Cup games

Nov 22 2021, 5:04 pm

The 2026 FIFA World Cup could be coming to Toronto.

Toronto mayor John Tory is meeting on Monday with FIFA officials, including Vice President Victor Montagliani and Chief Tournaments and Events Officer Colin Smith, according to CP24’s Chris Fox.

Canada, the USA, and Mexico were awarded the World Cup back in 2018, with Canada being given ten out of the tournament’s 80 games. It would be the first 48-team World Cup, the largest in the tournament’s history. It would also be the first men’s World Cup hosted in Canada, after playing as the sole host to the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Toronto’s BMO Field, which serves as the primary field for the country’s national teams, has hosted three of Canada’s five 2022 World Cup qualifying matches so far, with Edmonton having the other two.

Tory and officials discussed what’s necessary for Toronto to host 2026 FIFA World Cup matches, as the tour includes a look at Toronto’s “venues, infrastructure, readiness and capabilities.”

“The capacity and facilities to create a unique and exciting event in 2026 and I know that our partners, city ambassadors and residents will play a key role in making this possible,” Tory said in a release. “Over the years, Toronto’s presence on the world stage has been growing and a large part of that is due to the diverse and inclusive city we have created.”

Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment chair Larry Tanenbaum said that MLSE is working closely willing to do “whatever it takes” to bring the World Cup to Toronto.

“Hosting a World Cup is an investment in Toronto’s soccer legacy and will inspire the next generation of diverse sport and community leaders,” he said.

The Edmonton Sun’s Terry Jones reported last week that Edmonton and Toronto are set to be awarded five games each, with Vancouver left out of the running for it.

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