The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has named Toronto and Vancouver as FIFA World Cup 2026 host cities.
The two Canadian host cities join 14 others in Mexico and the United States. It is the first time this major soccer tournament is being held on Canadian soil.
FIFA World Cup 2026 will also be the first in history to feature 48 teams and to be held in three different countries.
During a special viewing event in Toronto, Mayor John Tory alongside partners Destination Toronto and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), celebrated the announcement.
“On behalf of the residents of Toronto and Council, I am delighted that Toronto has been chosen as a host city for FIFA World Cup 2026. There is no bigger sports tournament on the planet and it will be an opportunity to welcome the world and showcase all that our city has to offer to a global audience,” said Mayor Tory.
Toronto will host multiple matches at BMO Field and major fan events across the city for the duration of the 32-day tournament. FIFA will determine at a later date which tournament matches will be played in Toronto.
The FIFA World Cup generates significant economic, cultural and community benefits for host cities and countries and increases host cities’ profiles on the world stage. “The significant economic impact anticipated from the event will help sustain Toronto’s long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the hard-hit tourism, hospitality and entertainment sectors,” city officials said in a news release.
“British Columbia welcomes the world for FIFA World Cup 2026,” said BC Premier John Horgan. “We’re not hosting the largest ever World Cup just for kicks. British Columbians will enjoy an economic boost to the tourism and hospitality sectors that will be felt for years to come. We look forward to welcoming the global soccer community to our province.”
In 2018, the FIFA World Cup 2026 was awarded to a joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States, with 80 matches to be staged across 16 cities in North America, of which 10 matches are expected to be in Canada.