While the city has a great deal of soccer fans, Vancouver won’t be one of the Canadian cities hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
On Wednesday, June 14th, the 2018 FIFA World Cup commenced in Russia. Concurrently, the vote for the 2026 games was held in Moscow.
In a historic bid, Canada, the United States, and Mexico won with their “United Bid.” And, it wasn’t a close call, with the North American union beating out Morocco with a vote of 134-65.
Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are currently expected to host the Canadian games; however, the organizers will announce the final details at a later date.
2026 FIFA World Cup
Here’s the moment the USA-Mexico-Canada united bid was awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup. pic.twitter.com/Ip7lQAi5d2
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 13, 2018
“Premier John Horgan had said while he would liked to see World Cup men’s soccer come to BC, he wasn’t about to give FIFA a “blank cheque,” reports News 1130.
Specifically, Horgan wanted to ensure that the city would have the funds available to support the games. Without knowing whether it would be supported with Federal funding, it created financial risk.
In addition, Canada will find out later if it automatically qualifies as a participating team in the World Cup. The United States and Mexico will find out if their teams qualify, as well.