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Canada looks to host 2026 World Cup

Canada looks to host 2026 World Cup

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The new President of the Canadian Soccer Association wants to make a splash by bringing the world's biggest sport event to Canada.

The 2026 World Cup will be held in North America if the new president of the Canadian Soccer Association has anything to do with it.

Just 100 days into the job, president Victor Montagliani revealed that he has already spoken to FIFA about the possibility of bringing soccer's biggest competition to Canada.

"It's not only a possibility; it's something we intend to do," Montagliani told CBC Sports.  "We have verbally told FIFA that when the bid process begins for the next available World Cup, which would be the 2026 World Cup, that the CSA will be one of the countries putting in a formal proposal.

"The FIFA president has acknowledged to us and others that it needs to come back into this hemisphere, to our region CONCACAF. So that's what we will work towards."

The bidding process will begin in a couple of years and in some cases it takes over a decade to plan for a sporting event the size of the World Cup.

"The men's World Cup is the biggest event in the world, much bigger than the summer Olympics, and I think we can show them that," Montagliani said, according to the Canadian news outlet. "And, actually, I think our government already knows that. But to pull off an event of this magnitude, we need commitment from all levels."

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