Montreal withdraws as potential host of 2026 World Cup

The city of Montréal announced on Tuesday that they were not going to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup that will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the US.

Montreal withdraws as potential host of 2026 World Cup

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be jointly hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico. Last week, the city of Los Angeles announced their bid to host several games of the campaign and it is expected that other cities will follow suit.

The reason why Montreal decided to withdraw as a Canadian host city is because of the costs to the taxpayers. This is the second city in Canada that has decided to opt-out as a host city, with Vancouver being the first one earlier this year.

But on Tuesday, Montreal announced that they will not host any games in the 2026 World Cup, which will include 48 teams for the first time in the history of the tournament. With this announcement, Canada hopes that Edmonton and Toronto ramp up their bids as host cities before the group of 16 North American municipalities are confirmed by FIFA.

Statement regarding Montreal’s decision

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.”