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Canadian officials return from FIFA World Cup in Russia

Posted on 19 July 2018 in FIFA

Canadian officials have returned from duties at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. While Joe Fletcher was appointed as an Assistant Referee for the second time, both Charmaine Crooks and Charlie Cuzzetto took part in their first FIFA World Cup Russia™ this summer.Joe Fletcher was appointed More

United Bid Selected to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 13 June 2018 in FIFA

The United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States was selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ earlier today by the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow. For the first time in history, FIFA’s Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the FIFA World Cup™. More

What's Next: Answering Questions on What's Ahead for the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Posted on 13 June 2018 in FIFA

Canada, Mexico, and the United States were awarded the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup during the 68th FIFA Congress on June 13, 2018 in Moscow.You have questions on the tournament’s return to North America? We have answers.See below.GENERAL COMMENTSWe are all elated and, above all, very More

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 More

STATEMENT FROM THE UNITED BID

Posted on 13 April 2018 in FIFA

"The United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States is grateful for today's endorsement by CONMEBOL, the confederation representing ten South American member associations. This announcement builds on the support of UNCAF's six voting member associations that the United Bid was honored to re More

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Day Four: New York/New Jersey

Posted on 13 April 2018 in FIFA

FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force has completed its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States by visiting New York and New Jersey—the fourth and final United Bid Candidate Host City that the Task Force will visit and evaluate during their trip.New J More

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Day Three: Toronto

Posted on 12 April 2018 in FIFA

Having already visited Mexico City and Atlanta, FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force continued its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States on Thursday with a visit to Toronto—the third of four United Bid Candidate Host Cities that the Task Force will vi More

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Day Two: Atlanta

Posted on 11 April 2018 in FIFA

Following its visit to Mexico City, FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force continued its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States with a stop on Wednesday in Atlanta —the second of four United Bid Candidate Host Cities that the Task Force will visit and ev More

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Day One: Mexico City

Posted on 10 April 2018 in FIFA

On April 10, 2017, soccer’s governing bodies in Canada, Mexico and the United States came together in New York City to announce their United Bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America. On Tuesday – exactly 365 days later – FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force began More

23 Candidate Host Cities to be Included in United Bid to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 15 March 2018 in FIFA

On the eve of submitting its bid to FIFA to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, the United Bid announced its list of 23 Candidate Host Cities that will be included in the Bid Book. The three Canadian cities to be included are Edmonton, Montréal, and Toronto. The number and diversity of More

United Bid Committee: Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ could create more than $5 billion in economic activity for North America

Posted on 8 February 2018 in FIFA

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 l More

New North American survey shows broad support for United Bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 24 October 2017 in FIFA

As Bid Moves into New Phase, more than Three Quarters of North Americans are in Favour of Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ More

United Bid Committee moves into next stage of bid process for 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 4 October 2017 in FIFA

The 32 Cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States that could serve as Official Host Cities now begin process of finalizing hosting documents. More

United Bid Committee moves into next stage of bid process for 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 4 October 2017 in FIFA

The 32 Cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States that could serve as Official Host Cities now begin process of finalizing hosting documents. More

41 CITIES ACROSS CANADA, MEXICO AND UNITED STATES SUBMIT BIDS TO SERVE AS HOST CITIES IN UNITED BID FOR 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP™

Posted on 7 September 2017 in FIFA

United Bid Committee Will Review Bids and Release City Shortlist Later this Fall More

Three Nations, 41 Cities: A Look at the United Bid's Potential Hosts

Posted on 7 September 2017 in FIFA

Fourty-one cities are taking the next step towards being a part of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ by submitting their bids to become Official Host Cities. The candidate cities span diverse geography across three North American nations, and are united in their commitment to the sport and its futu More

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

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Canadian officials have returned from duties at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. While Joe Fletcher was appointed as an Assistant Referee for the second time, both Charmaine Crooks and Charlie Cuzzetto took part in their first FIFA World Cup Russia™ this summer.

Joe Fletcher was appointed as an Assistant Referee to three FIFA World Cup™ matches, specifically the Portugal v Morocco and Korea Republic v Germany group matches as well as the Colombia v England Round of 16 match. He also served as Video Assistant Referee for six matches including the Belgium v England Match for Third Place.

Charmaine Crooks served as a Match Commissioner for FIFA World Cup™ matches in Rostov-On-Don. She was appointed to group matches at Rostov Arena for Brazil v Switzerland, Uruguay v Saudi Arabia, Korea Republic v Mexico, and Iceland v Croatia. Ms. Crooks is the first female Match Commissioner at the men’s competition.

Charlie Cuzzetto, meanwhile, served on the FIFA Disciplinary Committee throughout the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Cuzzetto has been a member of that committee since 2017.

Also of interest from the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, more than 14,000 tickets to the 52-match finals were sold to Canadians. Back home in Canada, more than 25.8 million Canadians watched the FIFA World Cup on CTV, TSN and RDS, with the France’s victory over Croatia in the Final reaching 9.3 million unique Canadian viewers.

Looking ahead, the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ will take place in Qatar followed by the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Canada Soccer will use the opportunity to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ to innovate and align football in our country over an eight-year roadmap, to advance the development of the sport across the nation, and to invest in the game in communities from coast to coast to coast.

 

Canada, Mexico, and the United States were awarded the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup during the 68th FIFA Congress on June 13, 2018 in Moscow.

You have questions on the tournament’s return to North America? We have answers.

See below.

GENERAL COMMENTS

We are all elated and, above all, very proud to accept the honor of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026 along with the United States and Mexico. Our collaborative effort demonstrated to the world our passion and commitment to deliver the most successful World Cup in history and leave a lasting legacy on soccer in the Canada and around the world. While it is eight years away, we can’t wait to get started. And we will get started soon.

We thank you for your support and look forward to providing more details in the future.

THE VOTE

How did the vote work?

The right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup was voted on by all the member associations of FIFA, with a simple majority needed to win. With 203 eligible ballots, the United Bid obtained 134 votes, the Morocco Bid 65 votes, with one vote for neither bid and three abstentions.

We are grateful for the confidence FIFA showed today and we will reward that trust in 2026 and in the years leading up to what will be the greatest FIFA World Cup in history.

Why did Canada have a joint bid with Mexico and the United States?

We believed a United effort with Mexico and the United States would demonstrate to the world that three nations working as a team, highlighting our respective strengths and opportunities to serve the game locally and globally, would makes it clear that the 2026 FIFA World Cup belonged in North America. With the expanded 48-team field, this will be the largest tournament in history and it calls for an epic hosting plan that meets both the needs, and wants, of FIFA and football fans throughout the world. Bringing fans from across the world to the Canada, Mexico, and the United States will be huge boost to the sport in all our countries, but ultimately our campaign was and will remain rooted in the principle of serving the game on every continent.

Who voted for us/against us?

The votes of all member associations are public. You can find that information on fifa.com.

What happens now?

Now that we have successfully won the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, we can begin working with FIFA on delivering the best World Cup in history that will have a lasting legacy for soccer in Canada and around the world.

COMPETITION

When is the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

The exact dates will be set by FIFA in the future.

What are the Official Host Cities of the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

FIFA will decide the host cities in 2020 or 2021. We included 23 candidate host cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States as part of our offer to FIFA to provide maximum flexibility and leverage when making the best choice for where and how to stage the Competition.

Will Canada/USA/Mexico automatically have a spot in the 2026 World Cup?

That decision will be made by the FIFA Council in the future.

How many teams will compete in the competition?

The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the first with 48 teams – the largest ever.

How many games will each country host?

Under the current plan, the United States will host 60 matches, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 each.

When are matches being played in (city)?

Those details will be decided by FIFA in the future.

What is the schedule for the competition?

Those details will be decided by FIFA in the future.

When is the 2026 FIFA World Cup Official Draw?

Those details will be decided by FIFA in the future. We anticipate it will take place in December 2025.

What is the qualification process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

Those details will be decided by FIFA in the future.

When and where do Canada/USA/Mexico play their matches?

The schedule will be decided by FIFA once the host cities have been decided, the teams have qualified, etc.

Will the matches being broadcast on TV in Canada/USA/Mexico/Internationally?

We fully expect this to be the most-watched, most connected FIFA World Cup in history. We will spend the next eight years planning and executing efforts to engage fans all around the world.

ORGANIZATION AND JOBS

Who is Organizing the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

Our three football federations will work closely with FIFA to organize the event.

Who are the staff of the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

The details of the organization have not been confirmed. We’ve been focusing on winning the right to play host to the 2026 FIFA World Cup. We will work with FIFA to confirm those plans in the months ahead.

Where are the 2026 FIFA World Cup offices located?

We will work with FIFA to determine where the headquarters will be located and make that announcement in the coming months.

How do I contact 2026 FIFA World Cup organizers?

You can contact any of our three football federations.

Are their opportunities to work at the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

There will likely be opportunities to work for the World Cup. Details will be shared in the coming months.

What kind of jobs will there be?

Many important roles will likely need to be filled during the next eight years. Details will be shared in the coming months. Subscribe to our FIFA World Cup™ updates here: https://www.canadasoccer.com/2026-s17383

Will there be jobs in my city?

There will be opportunities in all the host cities once they are decided. Already there are local organizing committees in all 23 of the candidate host cities. You can contact them for more information about how to get involved.

When will you post jobs?

We don’t have a specific timetable – we will determine next steps with FIFA in the coming months.

How can I apply for future positions?

More information will be shared about how to get involved in the coming months.

What kind of experience do I need?

Many important roles will need to be filled by staff and volunteers during the next eight years, requiring varying levels of experience and expertise. There will be many opportunities to serve. Details will be shared in the coming months.

Will there be internships available?

There will likely be opportunities to work for the World Cup. Details will be shared in the coming months.

TICKETS AND TRAVEL

When can I purchase tickets for the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

That will be decided by FIFA in the future. Subscribe to our FIFA World Cup™ updates here to get the information first.

How do I purchase tickets for the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

That will be decided by FIFA in the future.

How much will tickets to the 2026 FIFA World Cup cost?

That will be decided by FIFA in the future.

How will I be able to follow my team across international borders?

We are committed to all fans being able to visit North America, attend games and enjoy the experience of what we plan on making the best World Cup in history.

Will VISAs be provided for all three countries?

Given that Canada, Mexico and the United States have just been awarded the right to host in 2026, it is still a bit early to outline or comment on VISA policies and practices. What we can say is we are committed to all fans being able to visit North America, attend games and enjoy the experience of what we plan on making the best World Cup in history. It would have been impossible to have pursued the privilege of hosting without a firm pledge and commitment to make the 2026 FIFA World Cup accessible to all.

Will there be ticket and travel packages?

Details will be figured out in the years ahead.

VOLUNTEERING

How can I volunteer for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and when does it begin

There will be opportunities to work for the World Cup – including an extensive volunteer program. Details will be shared in the coming months. In the months ahead we will be able to share various details on volunteering, including registration, language capabilities, citizenship requirements and other important information. Be the first to get access to these opportunities by signing up to our FIFA World Cup™ updates here: https://www.canadasoccer.com/subscribe-p161589-preview-1

INFORMATION

How can I stay informed about all aspects of the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

Details will be shared in the coming months.

Where can I buy 2026 FIFA World Cup clothing or merchandise?

We can’t wait to unveil official merchandise and gear in the months ahead.

How can my child try out for the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

Playing for your National Team in a World Cup is the highest honor for a player. Those teams won’t be picked for a long time, so for now we wish that your child is having as much fun as possible playing soccer and can reach the highest level they hope to achieve. That’s what makes hosting the World Cup so great – it gives young kids something to dream about it!
 

The United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States was selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ earlier today by the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow. For the first time in history, FIFA’s Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the FIFA World Cup™.
 
Today’s vote, which occurred a day before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, also marks the first time three nations have been selected to co-host a FIFA World Cup™ and the first time the FIFA World Cup™ will be played in North America in 32 years. The United Bid offers FIFA and its 211 Member Associations unity, certainty, and opportunity as they prepare to host the largest FIFA World Cup™ in history, which will be expanded to a 48-team format.
 
“Hosting a FIFA World Cup™ is an extraordinary honor and privilege,” said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid. “Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World Cup™ in history. Our vision is of a world of opportunity for our Candidate Host Cities and for the global football community.”
 
“We are grateful for the chance to bring to life FIFA’s new vision for the future of football,” said Decio de Maria, President of Mexico Football Federation and Co-Chair of the United Bid. “Together—in partnership with our Candidate Host Cities, the Member Associations, and FIFA—we will use this platform to unite the world around football and help create a new and sustainable blueprint for the future of FIFA World Cups.”
 
“Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport,” said Carlos Cordeiro, President of U.S. Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid. ‘We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the FIFA family have put in our bid; strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the CONCACAF region; and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come.”
 
With the FIFA Congress decision to award the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, to the football federations of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, the three nations will jointly manage preparations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ until FIFA establishes their operations to manage the competition. Among other decisions, FIFA will make the final selection of host cities for the 2026 competition from the 23 candidates proposed in the United Bid.
 
Each of the United Bid’s 23 proposed stadiums are fully built, occupied, and operational, ensuring long-term use following the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. In addition, the United Bid has 150 existing world-class training facilities, millions of hotel rooms, and advanced infrastructure. The Bid is further expected to generate $5 billion in economic impact for the 16 Host Cities that will be selected.
 
The United Bid is expected to generate more than $14 billion in revenue and $11 billion in profits for FIFA, which will be shared with the 211 FIFA Member Associations, helping further develop and expand the game of football across the globe.
 
2026 FIFA World Cup Facts and Figures:

Number of Teams: 48
Number of Matches: 80
Number of Players: +1,100
   
Candidate Host Cites: 23
Proposed Training Sites: 150
   
Projected Revenue: $14 billion
Projected Profit: $11 billion
Projected Economic Impact: $5 billion
Projected Ticket Sales:    5.8 million


 
About the United Bid Committee
The United Bid Committee was created by the football federations of Canada, Mexico and the United States to manage the bidding process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

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