Vancouver will get more FIFA World Cup matches than Toronto: report

Jun 15 2022, 9:42 pm

FIFA is set to make a big announcement in New York City tomorrow.

The host cities for the FIFA World Cup will be revealed for the 2026 tournament taking place in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Three candidate host cities remain in Canada, though only Vancouver and Toronto will reportedly be chosen, with Edmonton being left out.

The plan is for US-based cities to host 60 of 80 matches, with Canada and Mexico receiving 10 games each.

But that doesn’t mean Vancouver and Toronto will be splitting the matches evenly.

Sportsnet 650’s Dan Riccio is reporting today that six matches will be played at Vancouver’s BC Place, leaving just four for BMO Field in Toronto.

While Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the 54,500-seat BC Place is unquestionably the best soccer stadium in the country — especially after real grass is installed for the 2026 tournament. BMO Field has a 30,000-seat capacity, but can be expanded with temporary seats.

Tomorrow’s announcement is scheduled for 5 pm ET/2 pm PT.

Here’s a look at the candidate host cities hoping to be picked.

Candidate host cities in Canada (3)

  • Edmonton
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver

Candidate host cities in the United States (16)

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Cincinnati
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Kansas City
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Nashville
  • New York/New Jersey
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Washington DC/Baltimore

Candidate host cities in Mexico (3)

  • Guadalajara
  • Mexico City
  • Monterrey

 

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