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Vancouver officially running as a 2026 FIFA World Cup host city
September 21 2017, 09:24 | Irvin Gilbert
Vancouver potential host city at FIFA 2026 World Cup
The United States, Mexico and Canada are all teaming up to be considered as host sites for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The bid committee says it will review interest and select a short list of possible host cities by, according to a news release.
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01: Chris Wondolowski of the United States reacts after a missed chance uring the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. Of the interested cities, the committee will create a shortlist in late September before cities prepare a final bid in early January.
It is unlikely a Canadian city will be a contender for the opening match and championship final as such a venue for both key matches must seat at least 80,000.
Soldier Field is among the sites considered to be included in a 2026 World Cup bid.
Seven cities in Canada - Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Toronto and Vancouver - are in the running for matches there.
Mexico's proposed venues are limited to three stadiums, most notably Mexico City' Estadio Azteca, the stage for the 1970 and 1986 World Cup finals.
Requests for information have been sent to all cities with a declaration of interest being asked for.
Potential host cities include Vancouver, Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles.
The North American bid is expected to face competition for the 2026 tournament from Morocco.
The tournament would include at least 12 host cities, though the exact number remains undetermined. Officials have said North America's transportation and lodging infrastructure is uniquely prepared to host an expanded tournament when compared with other parts of the world. Federation Internationale de Football Association will then meet next June in Moscow to determine whether to accept one of the bids.