Blatter welcomes Canada World Cup bid

The FIFA president believes consideration to bid for the 2026 tournament is evidence of the country's determination to promote the game.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has welcomed the likelihood of Canada bidding to host the World Cup in 2026.

The next two editions of soccer's showpiece event have already been awarded to Russia and Qatar.

However, the Canadian Soccer Association confirmed its intention to enter the race for the 2026 tournament in January.

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And Blatter took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce: "Canada is considering a bid to host the men's World Cup in 2026. This shows their great commitment to promote the game."

Canada has never hosted the World Cup, which was last staged in North America 20 years ago when the United States welcomed the event.

The USA is reported to be among the leading contenders to stage the 2026 tournament, while Canada has already been confirmed as host for next year's Women's World Cup.