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Vancouver inches closer to being part of 2026 FIFA World Cup

January 25 2018 Council set to vote on host city proposal for world's largest sporting event

"Vancouver is an obvious choice to stage some of the matches, given our enormous success hosting major international sporting events like the 2015 Women's World Cup, the 2010 Olympic Games and the annual Rugby World Sevens Series."

Vancouver host city candidate for 2026 FIFA World Cup

On Tuesday, Council will vote on the whether to sign an agreement which represents the next step towards Vancouver becoming a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The agreement outlines the services that the City of Vancouver would be willing to provide if included as a host in the United Bid, which will feature a coordinated bid by cities from Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Estimated $5 billion in new economic activity

If the United Bid is successful and Vancouver is chosen as an Official Host City, the city would host between three to five games during the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which would be expected to provide significant economic benefits.

A 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America is estimated to create $5 billion in new economic activity and host cities could expect more than $3 billion in cost benefits such as global coverage, increased tourism, and community legacies.

"We are working hard and I'm very hopeful that Vancouver will be an official host city for the FIFA 2026 World Cup," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "Vancouver is an obvious choice to stage some of the matches, given our enormous success hosting major international sporting events like the 2015 Women's World Cup, the 2010 Olympic Games and the annual Rugby World Sevens Series. Our bid package is very strong, we have the infrastructure and amenities to welcome the world, and we are ready to go. I'm hopeful the B.C. and federal governments will get fully behind Vancouver's bid on this amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our city and Canadian soccer fans."

Host city commitments

The host city agreement that Council is set to discuss outlines obligations such as sanitation, traffic management, and the provision of a live zone.

These commitments would be pending support from the federal and provincial governments and would only be provided if Vancouver was selected as a host city.

"Prestigious events like the FIFA World Cup generate revenue for local businesses and showcase all that the city has to offer as a destination," said Michelle Collens, Senior Manager of Sport Hosting at the City of Vancouver.  "Thanks to the support from our Sport Hosting Vancouver partnership, we have been able to work diligently through this process to ensure Vancouver is set up for success in the next stage of the United Bid."

Decision announcement

The United Bid Committee, who is coordinating the North American bid, will submit the proposal to FIFA in March 2018 and FIFA will announce on June 13, 2018 whether they have awarded the event to North America or Morocco - the only other country bidding for it.

If the North American bid is successful, the final list of host cities will be confirmed in 2020 and FIFA will then work with the selected cities to create a sports development strategy that ensures a social, economic, and environmental legacy.