Canada Soccer announces Canadian Ambassadors for United 2026 Bid
Posted on 31 May 2018 in FIFA
Canada Soccer has named seven all-time greats as ambassadors for the United 2026 Bid for the FIFA World Cup™. In an effort to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ to Canada, Mexico, and the United States, the seven former National Team players are all united in their belief that the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will have a positive impact on the sport in our nation and around the world.
The seven Canadian Ambassadors are Patrice Bernier, Julian de Guzman, Jason deVos, Dwayne De Rosario, Kara Lang, Karina LeBlanc, and Paul Stalteri. Those seven players combined for more than 100 years of international football and collectively accumulated more than 550 international appearances.
“We are thrilled to have these standout Canadians serve as ambassadors for the United 2026 Bid for the FIFA World Cup™,” said Steven Reed, Co-Chair of the United 2026 Bid Committee Board of Directors and Canada Soccer President. “With the decision less than two weeks away, it is tremendous that our football community continues their efforts to promote what a FIFA World Cup in Canada can do for the game over the next eight years.”
Canada Soccer plans to use the opportunity to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ to extend the reach of the game, working to energize communities to embrace the sport in new ways, developing the game at all levels, and engaging the next generation of players, officials, and fans as never before. Using the eight-year roadmap to 2026 to align the Men’s National Team Program will be one of Canada Soccer’s key legacies.
The United 2026 Bid offers FIFA and its Member Associations the power of unity, the promise of certainty, and potential of extraordinary opportunity for the event, the game, the fans, and the world.
Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ could generate more than $5 billion in short-term economic activity, including supporting approximately 40,000 jobs and more than $1 billion in incremental worker earnings across North America, according to a study done by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a leading global management consulting firm. Canada, Mexico and the United States are bidding to host the 48-team tournament in 2026, which will be the largest in FIFA World Cup™ history. The overall net benefit to the region would be $3 – $4 billion.
“One of the strongest arguments in favor of the United Bid is the certainty that we provide to FIFA and its Member Associations” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Bid Director and General Secretary of Canada Soccer. As this study demonstrates, our hosting of the first ever 48-team FIFA World Cup™ will yield benefits to all three of our nations, and the global soccer community. United, AS ONE, our three nations’ collaboration for the continued growth of the world’s game demonstrates the strength of our united effort.”
The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the first tournament with the expanded 48-team format and will require world-class facilities and infrastructure to ensure a successful tournament. The United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States is uniquely suited to accommodate FIFA’s high-level standards for hosting a FIFA World Cup™. If the United Bid is selected by FIFA as the host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, up to 16 cities will be selected as venues for games. Canada, Mexico and the United States also have a long and successful history as hosts - 13 FIFA events, including 3 World Cups have been hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States, five of which set attendance records.