Canada is bound to lose one of their cities in World Cup 2026 venue after Montreal surprisingly decided to quit the bidding process recently. The city which was hosting Olympic Games 1976 pulled out as one of the city candidates for the greatest sporting event in the world due to the financial issue.
According to various sources, the local officials in Quebec government stated that the huge fund would not be available for hosting such competition whose cost could potentially rises. It is quite a shame for Canada as Montreal has an iconic venue, the Olympic stadium with the capacity for 56,000 spectators. Canada Soccer Association released their official statement regarding their withdrawal.
"We thank the City of Montreal 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.”
Since Canada does not prepare the back-up candidate apart from Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium and Toronto's BMO Field, Montreal's replacement would be very likely a city in USA. There are 23 cities competing to be selected for the 16 hosting cities by FIFA at the end of this year. The world's football governing body is scheduled to visit those candidate cities from September to November before deciding the ones making the final cut. Those cities beside Edmonton and Toronto are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C, plus Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey in Mexico.
The World Cup 2026 shall mark the first world cup with three nations joining hosts, USA, Mexico and Canada and the expanded teams, from 32 to 48. Such would be the fourth time for CONCACAF to host the competition after 1970, 1986 and 1994 edition. Unlike Mexico and USA which have experienced hosting football's big tournament, this would be the first time for Canada. Their only notable involvement in hosting football championship was when Canada was awarded the hosting right of FIFA World Cup U-21 in 2007.