A FIFA representative is leading a review of the 202 World Cup candidate cities, saying Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto are the only sites under consideration in Canada.
Asked at a media conference on Monday if he could return to the Vancouver film, Colin Smith said FIFA’s main Canadian candidate centers on three cities.
“All three cities are bidding, so we’re evaluating and discussing these three cities,” said Smith, FIFA’s chief tournament and events officer.
Smith said the same thing when asked if Chicago could be added to the list of American cities under consideration.
“We’ve got 1 fant fantastic city and there’s a deep depth across the United States and we’re looking forward to choosing from these 1 cities,” he said.
B.C. The government said that in March 2018 Vancouver was not ready to serve as an organizing city due to cost concerns. B.C. Premier John Hargan reclaimed the position three months later, saying his government was “not willing to write a blank check.”
B.C. in Vancouver. Place Stadium was a big part of the 2015 World Cup, hosting nine matches, including the final.
Chicago withdrew from the city of 2026 candidates running in March 2018, stating that FIFA had not been able to provide the necessary assurances.
The 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow has selected Canada, Mexico and the United States over Morocco to host the 2026 tournament on June 13, 2018.
U.S. candidate cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York / New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Bay Area. DC are
Candidate cities in Mexico are Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterey.
The 202226 tournament has expanded to 48 teams out of 32 with a total of 60 games. The blueprint of the organizing committee is to host 10 games with Canada and Mexico hosting the United States, where all the games of the quarter finals are.
FIFA will select “up to 16” candidates from a list of 23 North American joint bidders. The bid group is working under 10 Canadian officials in each city in Canada and Mexico and in the United States, which will push them to keep their three host cities.
This is the first time that three countries have been selected to co-host the World Cup and the tournament will be played in North America for the first time in 32 years.
Smith is holding a virtual workshop with U.S. city candidates on Tuesday.
His FIFA delegation, Canada Soccer, and the three Canadian candidates met in Toronto on March 12, the day many sports leagues were shut down due to the global epidemic.
Earlier, the FIFA delegation met with representatives of the three Mexican candidates. The U.S. part of the trip was postponed due to travel restrictions related to COID 19 that some candidate cities wanted to prevent from joining.
The workshops will be held after venue inspections in three countries, although they are scheduled due to COVID-19.
Smith said the initial plan was to finalize the host city selection process in the spring of 2021. The epidemic put it off, and Smith said the timing of the final host city announcement would not be known until the next day of the year.