Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Vancouver makes shortlist in 2026 World Cup bid

Soccer Canada Soccer Canada , The Canadian Press
Madeline Patrick | 06 October, 2017, 00:37

A joint bid for the 2026 World Cup from the United States, Canada and Mexico unveiled a list of 32 potential host cities on Wednesday as the United Bid Committee moved onto the next stage of the process.

"Having hosted every FIFA competition other than the FIFA World Cup, Canada has built a strong foundation across the country from which we can now draw on as a member of the United 2026 bid", said Steven Reed, United 2026 board member and Canada Soccer president.

The 32-city shortlist also includes Montreal, Seattle and Miami. Of those, six (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Atlanta, Foxborough and Seattle) have been proposed using venues now used by MLS teams. "We are proud that FC Cincinnati and our collaboration with our fans, our community and business partners have unleashed this soccer movement and put Cincinnati on the national and global soccer stage".

Representatives from each of the 32 cities will travel to Houston the week of November 13 for a working session with the United Bid Committee team. The victor is expected to announced in June 2018. The committee whittled the list of contending cities down to 32 spots across the three nations.

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If the committee's bid is successful, at least 12 cities will be selected as venues for the games.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first to include the expanded 48-team format.

The press release indicates that a major factor in the decision was that each city "features existing or already planned stadiums and other world-class infrastructure". Under the proposed plan, the US would host 60 of the 80 World Cup matches, with Canada and Mexico each hosting 10. In January 2010, Jacksonville also failed to clear the third round of cuts in the American bid for 2018 and 2022, which eventually failed in a controversial vote from world soccer governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Morocco are the only other contender for the 2026 tournament, having announced their candidacy in June.

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