Vancouver City Council Unanimously Votes in Favor of Vancouver being a Host City for the 2026 FIFA World Cup if the United Bid from Canada, USA and Mexico is Successful

Vancouver BC January 30, 2018
-  The City of Vancouver has officially voted to continue to move forward in the FIFA 2026 Men’s World Cup Bid as a host city.  Currently Vancouver has been chosen as one of four Canadian Cities in the joint bid (Mexico, USA, Canada) to host matches and today the city has voted in favor of continuing the bid process in hopes of officially becoming one of the Canadian cities to host matches.

The United Bid Committee (Canada, Mexico, and USA members) has until the middle of March to submit its bid to FIFA. FIFA is scheduled to announce the overall host by June 13 2018. The only bid competing with the joint bid from Canada, USA, and Mexico is Morocco who in 2017 announced they would bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Once the overall host has been confirmed then the official host cities from that bid will be announced which may not be announced until June of 2020.

Since Vancouver has many of the facilities already in place, it is thought to be a strong contender to be a host city if Canada, Mexico, and the USA win the overall bid.  It is important to note that the overall decision of which cities will host matches ultimately does fall to FIFA

“This is a very exciting time for soccer in this Province as we are one step closer to hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” said Jason Elligott BC Soccer Executive Director and member of the Vancouver City Bid Advisor Group.“ The Women’s FIFA World Cup Canada 2015 was the most successful Women’s World Cup to date  and we are confident that Vancouver would be an amazing host city for the 2026 Men’s World Cup as well. These competitions help inspire generations to continue to play and stay active in soccer and that is something that BC Soccer completely supports.”

For more information on the United Bid please click HERE

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sport organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues and districts.  

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to active, health and involved lifestyle