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Montréal drops out of World Cup 2026, update on venue selection process

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The City of Montréal, Quebec officially announced its withdrawal from the FIFA World Cup 2026 candidate host city process Tuesday. 

Montréal’s Olympic Stadium was originally set to be one of three Canadian venues for World Cup 2026, which is to be joint-hosted by USA, Mexico and Canada.

Montréal’s  withdrawal leaves Toronto (BMO Field) and Edmonton (Commonwealth Stadium) as Canada’s only remaining prospective venues. Vancouver withdrew from consideration in 2018 after the British Columbia provincial government chose not to support the hosting bid.

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“Canada Soccer acknowledges that the City of Montréal, Québec has announced that they will not continue the selection process as a candidate host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026™,” said Canada Soccer, the nation’s governing soccer body, in a statement Tuesday. “We thank the City of Montréal for their participation in the bid process and look forward to continuing our collaboration with the respective municipal and provincial governments along with the Government of Canada in support of the selection of Edmonton, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario as host cities for the FIFA World Cup 2026™.”

World Cup 2026 venue selection process to be completed by June 2022

Canada is set to host 10 games for the 2026 World Cup. The United States will host the majority of the games, 60 in total. And Mexico will also host 10 matches The 2026 World Cup will be the largest edition ever, with 48 teams qualifying for the final tournament.

The venue selection process is scheduled to continue later this year with FIFA venue visits planned for September and November 2021. Virtual sessions took place earlier this year. 

The selection process is expected to be completed by June 2022.


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