News Release
June 13, 2018

Today at BMO Field, Mayor John Tory was joined by Toronto FC President Bill Manning and John Herdman, Canada’s Men’s National Team Head Coach, to discuss and celebrate the successful United 2026 bid for the FIFA World Cup of soccer in 2026.  

James Maloney, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, and Councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Chair of the Board of Exhibition Place, also joined in the celebration.

“Today it was decided that one of the world’s largest and most popular sporting events will come to Canada for the first time,” said Mayor Tory. “The FIFA World Cup is a once in a generation opportunity to showcase Canada to the world and Toronto will be making a strong case to host games in our city.”

Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are the three Canadian cities which are part of the United 2026 bid, which includes 23 potential host cities in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Earlier today FIFA’s governing body voted for these three nations to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, while the individual host cities will be officially selected in 2021.

“Today is a historic day for soccer in Canada. We’ll see in the build-up over the next eight years how this event, more than any other sporting event on the planet, brings people together,” said Toronto FC President Bill Manning. “We hope that the next announcement is that Toronto will be selected as a host city. On behalf of MLSE, we are ready and we can’t wait to welcome the world here to our city, BMO Field and BMO Training Ground.”

“Hosting the FIFA World Cup in Canada has the potential to change the sport in this country forever,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer Men’s National Team Head Coach. “This moment is an opportunity to inspire a generation of players and further grow and unite the already substantial soccer community in Canada.”

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the largest ever, with a record 48 nations contesting the Cup at 80 matches over a 30-day period. It is anticipated that Canada and Mexico will host 10 matches each, with the remaining games being played at U.S. locations.

Starting last year, the City has been working closely with the Canadian Soccer Association, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Toronto FC, Tourism Toronto, the other Canadian host cities and many others involved in the United 2026 bid to secure this opportunity, which will be the first time that the FIFA World Cup will be hosted by more than one country.

In February 2018, City Council authorized the City to enter into the required Host City and Stadium Agreements for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which facilitated Toronto becoming part of the United 2026 bid.

More information about the United 2026 bid is available at

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Media contacts:
Shane Gerard, Strategic Communications, 647-881-9854,
Don Peat, Office of the Mayor, 647-459-2387,
Jeff Bradley, Toronto FC, 647-200-7536,
Carrie Croft, Canada Soccer, 613.406.4986,

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