Montréal exit FIFA 2026 Host Cities pool


Montreal withdraws as host candidate for 2026 Image: Montreal Visitors Guide

The City of Montréal (Canada) has withdrawn from the pool of possible Canadian Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. An announcement in this regard was made on July 6th.

The ‘MLS’ stated that costs to taxpayers were cited by Québec Government officials as the reason behind Montreal backing out. Vancouver (Canada) also previously removed itself from consideration.

The ‘MLS’ further stated that the tournament, which will include 48 nations for the first time, is being jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. With the decision, Edmonton and Toronto remain as Canadian candidate Host Cities before the group of 16 North American municipalities gets locked in.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the 23rd FIFA World Cup™, the quadrennial international men’s soccer championship contested by the national teams of the member-associations of FIFA. The host countries are Canada, United States and Mexico.

United 2026 was a successful joint bid led by the United States Soccer Federation, together with the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation, to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

A statement from ‘Canada Soccer’ read, “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™. 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™.”

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