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United Bid Committee Commences Outreach for Potential Official Host Cities in Bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 15 August 2017 in FIFA

44 Cities and 49 Stadiums Across Canada, Mexico and USA Approached to Become Official Host Cities More

United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States to Compete Against Morocco for Right to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 11 August 2017 in FIFA

United Bid Committee Continues to Prepare Official Hosting Proposal to Submit to FIFA by March of 2018 More

Carlos Bocanegra, Julie Foudy and Ed Foster-Simeon join Board of Directors for the United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and United States

Posted on 3 August 2017 in FIFA

Trio Adds Wealth of Experience to the Effort to Bring FIFA World Cup™ to North America in 2026 More

Robert Kraft Named Honourary Chairman of the Board for the United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and United States

Posted on 19 July 2017 in FIFA

Kraft Joins Board of Directors and Will Be Part of the Bid to Bring FIFA World Cup™ to North America in 2026 More

Canada, Mexico and United States form United Bid Committee to compete to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Posted on 6 July 2017 in FIFA

Board of Directors Named as Bid Process Begins to Bring FIFA World Cup to North America More

Timetable set for 2026 FIFA World Cup™ bid process

Posted on 10 May 2017 in FIFA

The historic unified bid represents the first time that three nations would jointly host a FIFA competition More

2026 FIFA World Cup™: Canada, USA and Mexico declare intention to submit unified bid

Posted on 10 April 2017 in FIFA

The historic unified bid would represent the first time that three nations would jointly host a FIFA competition More

Canada, USA and Mexico to make historic announcement

Posted on 8 April 2017 in FIFA

10 April at 14.00 ET in New York City More

Olympic Bronze Medalist Karina LeBlanc in Saskatoon for FIFA Live Your Goals Festival

Posted on 3 December 2016 in FIFA

#LiveYourGoals More

FIFA Live Your Goals Festival in Saskatoon with appearance by Karina LeBlanc

Posted on 17 November 2016 in FIFA

#LiveYourGoals More

Canada Soccer congratulates FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence at McGill University, University of British Columbia

Posted on 1 September 2016 in FIFA

Inauguration ceremonies More

Retired Canadian player Karina LeBlanc attends first session of FIFA’s Female Leadership Development Programme

Posted on 10 June 2016 in FIFA

Karina LeBlanc joined other female soccer leaders at FIFA Headquarters in Zurich More

FIFA Congress approves landmark reforms

Posted on 26 February 2016 in FIFA

FIFA’s member associations have approved a package of landmark reforms. More

Canada Soccer supports Infantino bid for FIFA Presidency

Posted on 25 February 2016 in FIFA

Canada Soccer Board of Directors has voted unanimously to cast their ballot for Gianni Infantino. More

Year in Review: FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™

Posted on 26 December 2015 in FIFA

For the first time ever, Canada hosted a competition from coast to coast across the country - from Vancouver on the Pacific coast to Moncton on the Atlantic coast More

FIFA Women’s World Cups support $493.6m in economic activity for Canada

Posted on 5 November 2015 in FIFA

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2014 exceeded the preliminary projections of $337 million made in February 2014 by 46%. More

World comes together for Canada 2015 final

Posted on 4 July 2015 in FIFA

The competition has captivated a world-wide audience, with exceptional organisation, record crowds and an inspirational performance from the host team. More

FIFA’s Live Your Goals Festivals to inspire female youth players across Canada

Posted on 30 April 2015 in FIFA

The festivals will be organised in Ottawa on 3 May, Winnipeg on 18 May and Vancouver on 23 May. They follow the Live Your Goals events in Edmonton, Moncton, Montréal, and Toronto in 2014. More

Sinclair and Buchanan on stamp as Canada hosts FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™

Posted on 28 April 2015 in FIFA

The stamp, featuring Canada’s Christine Sinclair and Kadeisha Buchanan, will be issued on May 6 in post offices across the country, but currently available for pre-orders online. More

Sarah McLachlan, Tegan and Sara announced as Opening Ceremony artists for FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™

Posted on 20 April 2015 in FIFA

Opening Ceremony will take place in advance of the Opening Match on 6 June at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton More

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The United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and the United States officially started its outreach for cities to declare their interest to serve as Official Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ by sending Requests for Information (RFIs) to 44 cities across the three nations. The RFI asks each city to declare its interest to take part in the bid process by September 5, 2017.
 
A total of 49 stadiums located in or around those 44 candidate cities will be considered for inclusion in the official bid that will be sent to FIFA by March 16, 2018.
 
After cities declare their interest, the United Bid Committee will review the submissions and intends to issue a shortlist of cities by late September. The Bid Committee will then provide more detailed bid documentation to the cities and conduct meetings to discuss any questions as candidate cities prepare their final bid, due early January 2018.
 
The Bid Committee plans to include 20-25 venues in its final bid to FIFA. If selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, subject to FIFA’s determination, it is anticipated that at least 12 locations could ultimately serve as Official Host Cities. If a city is not selected to host matches, there may be other opportunities to be involved in the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Those cities, as well as other cities not on the initial list, could be selected as the location for the International Broadcast Center, host Team Base Camps or host major events such as the Preliminary or Final Draw.
 
The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the first tournament with the expanded 48-team format and will require world-class facilities and infrastructure. Canada, Mexico and the United States are uniquely suited to accommodate the high-level standards FIFA has for hosting a FIFA World Cup™.
 
“Official Host Cities included in the bid will be critical to the successful United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ and we look forward to working with all levels of government and our stakeholders to find the best possible candidate cities in Canada,” stated Peter Montopoli, Canada Bid Director and Canada Soccer General Secretary.  “The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is an incredible opportunity for our country to develop the men’s game and ensure that Canada continues as a leading soccer nation for the next generation.”
 
The 49 stadiums represent a wide spectrum of facilities, including stadiums for soccer, football, and domed and retractable roof stadiums. All stadiums are required to have at least 40,000 seats for group stage matches, and a capacity of at least 80,000 to be considered for the Opening Match and the Final.
 
A list of the candidate cities and venues can be found at the end of this release.
 
Municipal leaders in each city have been asked to provide information about each city’s transportation infrastructure, past experience hosting major sporting and cultural events, available accommodations, environmental protection initiatives, potential venues and more.  
 
In addition to a stadium capable of hosting international soccer, each city has to propose top international-level training sites and locations for team base camps, and hotels for teams, staff and VIP’s. The Bid Committee will also evaluate cities on their commitment to sustainable event management, aspirations to develop soccer, and the positive social impact they anticipate in the local community and beyond stemming from the event.
 
FIFA established a deadline of August 11 for Member Associations to express their interest to bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.  Morocco declared its intention to bid on this date.  Both bidders must now submit their proposals for consideration by FIFA, with a decision to be taken at the FIFA Congress next June.
 
The United Bid Committee kicked off its efforts earlier this month by announcing the Board of Directors and the executive leadership team that includes Executive Director John Kristick, Managing Director of Technical Operations Jim Brown, Canada Bid Director Peter Montopoli, who is Canada Soccer General Secretary, and Mexico Bid Director Yon De Luisa, who is a Televisa Vice President.
 
The United Bid Committee’s Board of Directors includes Sunil Gulati (Chairman), Steven Reed (Canada), Peter Montopoli (Canada), Decio De Maria (Mexico), Guillermo Cantu (Mexico), Carlos Cordeiro (USA), Donna Shalala (USA), Dan Flynn (USA), Don Garber (USA), Carlos Bocanegra (USA), Julie Foudy (USA), Ed Foster-Simeon (USA) and Victor Montagliani (CONCACAF). Legendary sports executive Robert Kraft has been appointed as Honorary Chairman of the Board.
 
The three nations have hosted a combined 13 FIFA World Cups (men, women and youth), more than any other trio of geographically-connected nations, and set attendance records for five of those events.

Proposed stadiums and metropolitan markets for further consideration 

Metropolitan Market

Stadium

Capacity

Canada (7 cities, 9 stadiums)

Calgary, Alberta

McMahon Stadium

35,650

Edmonton, Alberta

Commonwealth Stadium

56,335

Montréal, Québec

Stade Olympique

61,004

Montréal, Québec

Stade Saputo

20,801

Ottawa, Ontario

TD Place Stadium

24,341

Regina, Saskatchewan

Mosaic Stadium

30,048

Toronto, Ontario

Rogers Centre

53,506

Toronto, Ontario

BMO Field

28,026

Vancouver, British Columbia

BC Place

55,165

 

Mexico (3 cities, 3 stadiums)

Guadalajara, Jalisco

Estadio Chivas

45,364

Mexico City

Estadio Azteca

87,000

Monterrey, Nuevo León

Estadio Rayados

52,237

 

United States (34 cities, 37 stadiums)

Atlanta, GA

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

75,000

Baltimore, MD

M&T Bank Stadium

71,008

Birmingham, AL

Legion Field

71,594

Boston, MA

Gillette Stadium

66,829

Charlotte, NC

Bank of America Stadium

75,525

Chicago, IL

Soldier Field

61,500

Cincinnati, OH

Paul Brown Stadium

65,515

Cleveland, OH

FirstEnergy Stadium

67,895

Dallas, TX

Cotton Bowl

92,100

Dallas, TX (Arlington, TX)

AT&T Stadium

105,000

Denver, CO

Sports Authority Field at Mile High

76,125

Detroit, MI

Ford Field

65,000

Green Bay, WI

Lambeau Field

81,441

Houston, TX

NRG Stadium

72,200

Indianapolis, IN

Lucas Oil Stadium

70,000

Jacksonville, FL

EverBank Field

82,000

Kansas City, MO

Arrowhead Stadium

76,416

Las Vegas, NV

Raiders Stadium

72,000

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

93,000

Los Angeles, CA (Inglewood, CA)

City of Champions Stadium

100,000

Los Angeles, CA (Pasadena, CA)

Rose Bowl

90,888

Miami, FL

Hard Rock Stadium

65,326

Minneapolis, MN

U.S. Bank Stadium

66,200

Nashville, TN

Nissan Stadium

69,143

New Orleans, LA

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

76,468

New York/New Jersey (East Rutherford, NJ)

MetLife Stadium

82,500

Orlando, FL

Camping World Stadium

65,000

Philadelphia, PA

Lincoln Financial Field

69,596

Phoenix, AZ (Glendale, AZ)

University of Phoenix Stadium

73,000

Pittsburgh, PA

Heinz Field

68,400

Salt Lake City, UT

Rice-Eccles Stadium

45,807

San Antonio, TX

Alamodome

72,000

San Diego, CA

Qualcomm Stadium

71,500

San Francisco/San Jose, CA (Santa Clara, CA)

Levi’s Stadium

75,000

Seattle, WA

CenturyLink Field

72,000

Tampa, FL

Raymond James Stadium

75,000

Washington, DC (Landover, MD)

FedEx Field

82,000

The United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States will be competing against Morocco for the opportunity to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ after FIFA announced earlier today that the African country has officially submitted their intention to participate in process. The deadline for Member Associations to inform FIFA of their intention to bid was today.
 
“Canada will continue to collaborate with our partners in Mexico and the United States to put forth a world class bid that will demonstrate to FIFA that the United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States is the right choice to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™,” said Steven Reed, President, Canada Soccer.
 
“We’ve always been prepared for the fact that other countries could also decide to bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™,” said United Bid Committee Chair, Sunil Gulati. “Competition is good, and overall it shows the value and importance of the FIFA World Cup™. We’re excited to prepare a bid that will demonstrate to FIFA that the first FIFA World Cup™ to be held in the CONCACAF region since 1994 should be awarded to Canada, Mexico and the United States."
 
All bidders must now submit their proposal for consideration by FIFA by the deadline of March 16, 2018. A decision on whether to select one of the bidders will be taken at the FIFA Congress to be convened next June.
 
Canada, Mexico and the United States have hosted a combined 13 FIFA World Cups (men, women and youth), more than any other trio of geographically-connected nations, and set attendance records for five of those events. The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the first with the expanded 48-team format, requiring facilities and infrastructure that these countries are uniquely suited to fulfill.
 
The United Bid Committee kicked off its efforts in July by announcing the Board of Directors and the executive leadership team that includes Executive Director John Kristick, Managing Director of Technical Operations Jim Brown, Canada Bid Director Peter Montopoli, who is the Canada Soccer General Secretary, and Mexico Bid Director Yon De Luisa, who is a Televisa Vice President.
 
The United Bid Committee’s Board of Directors includes Sunil Gulati (Chairman), Steven Reed (Canada), Peter Montopoli (Canada), Decio De Maria (Mexico), Guillermo Cantu (Mexico), Carlos Cordeiro (USA), Donna Shalala (USA), Dan Flynn (USA), Don Garber (USA), Carlos Bocanegra (USA), Julie Foudy (USA), Ed Foster-Simeon (USA) and Victor Montagliani (CONCACAF). Legendary sports executive Robert Kraft has been appointed as Honorary Chairman of the Board.

Legendary U.S. National Team players and former U.S. captains Carlos Bocanegra and Julie Foudy, as well as U.S. Soccer Foundation President and CEO Ed Foster-Simeon, will join the Board for the United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and the United States that will oversee the bidding process to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ to North America.

 

The three new board members bring a wealth of experience to the Committee. Bocanegra was one of the team’s most popular players during an illustrious eleven-year career with the U.S. Men’s National Team, leading the squad to numerous historic wins while serving as captain for six years. He finished his MNT career as the team’s all-time leading goal scorer among defenders.

 

Foudy is one of the greatest leaders in the history of women’s sports. A two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, she captained the Women’s National Team from 2001-2004.

 

Foster-Simeon has been President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation since May 2008, bringing the organization to new heights as a national leader in charitable sports-based youth development.

 

Bocanegra currently serves as the technical director for Atlanta United of Major League Soccer, overseeing soccer operations and working on the development of young players. With the MNT, Bocanegra played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and led the team to some of its most important wins of the modern era, including a 2-1 semifinal victory over then-No. 1 ranked Spain in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. He played professionally for the Chicago Fire and Chivas USA in MLS, as well as in England, France, Scotland and Spain.

 

Foudy, a current ESPN and espnW writer, reporter and color commentator, has been one of the most influential female athletes in the United States during and after her playing career. She has been an important advocate for women’s rights, serving as a past president and as a board member for the Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2002, she was named to a Presidential Commission on Title IX. During her international career, Foudy played in seven world championship events, starting every single match and scoring in all four World Cups in which she appeared. She is the fourth-most capped player in WNT history with 272 appearances.  

 

Foster-Simeon has served on the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2004. Before his time at the Foundation, he spent 15 years at USA Today, last working as Deputy Managing Editor. In his time with the paper, Foster-Simeon launched the organization’s Beijing bureau, spearheaded the planning of coverage for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and led coverage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. A U.S. Navy veteran, Foster-Simeon has also served as Vice President of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association and President of Prince William Soccer, Inc., a Northern Virginia-based club serving thousands of players. He was inducted into the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame earlier this year. 

 

The other members of the Board of Directors are Sunil Gulati (Chairman), Steven Reed (Canada), Peter Montopoli (Canada), Decio De Maria (Mexico), Guillermo Cantu (Mexico), Carlos Cordeiro (USA), Donna Shalala (USA), Dan Flynn (USA), Don Garber (USA) and Victor Montagliani (CONCACAF). Legendary sports executive Robert Kraft has been appointed as Honorary Chairman of the Board.

 

The United Bid Committee kicked off its efforts earlier this month with the formal launch of the committee and the commencement of an outreach program to more than 40 cities, under an executive leadership team that includes Executive Director John Kristick, Managing Director of Technical Operations Jim Brown, Montopoli, who is the Canada Soccer General Secretary, and Mexico Bid Director Yon De Luisa, who is a Televisa Vice President.

 

The deadline for the submission of the formal bid to FIFA is March 16, 2018. With less than eight months remaining, discussions have already begun with a record number of cities that will compete to serve as official host cities. Collaboration between all levels of government, along with the business and soccer communities, will be critical to demonstrate to FIFA that the first World Cup to be held in the CONCACAF region since 1994 should be awarded to Canada, Mexico and the United States.

 

The three nations have hosted a combined 13 FIFA World Cups (men’s, women and youth), more than any other trio of geographically-connected nations, and set attendance records for five of those events. The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the first with the expanded 48-team format, requiring facilities and infrastructure that these countries are uniquely suited to fulfill.

 

FIFA has established a deadline of August 11 for member associations to confirm their intention to compete to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. All competitors must then submit a bid proposal for consideration by the FIFA Congress to be convened next June.

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