FIFA to reportedly name Vancouver, Toronto as 2026 World Cup host cities.

Just two Canadian cities will reportedly host FIFA World Cup matches in 2026.

That’s good news for Vancouver and Toronto, but not Edmonton.

A total of 80 matches will be held in 2026 for the newly-expanded 48-country tournament hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The US will host 60 matches with Canada and Mexico receiving 10 matches each.

FIFA is set to reveal the host cities in New York City next week, with 22 cities still in the running.

Edmonton is out of the running to host matches, according to a report out of Vancouver by Irfaan Gaffar. That means that BC Place in Vancouver and Toronto’s BMO Field will share hosting duties for all 10 matches taking place in Canada.

“In line with the previous stages of the FIFA World Cup 2026 selection process, any announcement will be made in the best interests of football, taking into consideration the needs of all stakeholders involved, as we aim to lay the foundations for the tournament to be delivered successfully across all three countries,” said FIFA Vice-President and CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani.

“We can only reiterate our appreciation to all the cities and the three-member associations for their efforts and dedication to this process.”

While Toronto and Edmonton have remained in the running since day one, Vancouver’s World Cup candidacy has been a roller coaster ride.

A City of Toronto report surfaced a few months ago revealed that it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to bring the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup to the 416 as part of a winning joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States.

In Jan. 2018, Toronto councillors voted to endorse the city’s participation, putting the city in the running among 22 others in a selection process.

“Overall, the operations and capital costs to be incurred locally in Toronto are projected to be approximately $290 million by 2026, including a 10 percent contingency,” read the report, which seeks some $177 million in support from the federal and provincial governments.

The bill includes an up-front cost to the city of $73.8 million, plus an additional $20 million value-in-kind.

A total of 80 matches will be held in 2026 for the newly-expanded 48-country tournament.

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