CANADA TO HOST 13 MATCHES FOR 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP

2024-02-10 · 2 min read · FIFA World Cup/Soccer
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Canada has known it is co-hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup since June 2018, but Sunday's partial reveal of the tournament schedule served as a timely reminder of what lies ahead, with dates and locations for the opening-round games for the three co-hosts plus other details of the expanded 48-team soccer showcase.
The Canadian men, currently ranked 48th in the world, will open play June 12th, at Toronto's BMO Field before flying to Vancouver for games on June 18th and 24th at B.C. Place Stadium.
Canada and Mexico, which has three host cities to Canada's two, will each host 13 matches with the U.S. staging the remaining 78 across its 11 host cities. Toronto and Vancouver will each host five opening-round matches plus a round-of-32 knockout match. Vancouver will also stage a round-of-16 game.
With 45 teams yet to qualify, the full 104-game schedule won't be filled out until the tournament draw in early December 2025. World Cup qualifying has already started in CONMEBOL (South America), the AFC (Asia) and CAF (Africa). CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, kicks off qualifying next month while the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) begins in September. UEFA (Europe) starts in March 2025.
Canada has enjoyed success playing at home in recent times. Before a 3-2 loss to Jamaica at BMO Field in November in the second leg of the CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal, the Canadian men had gone unbeaten in 17 games (15-0-2) on home soil since a 3-0 loss to Mexico in March 2016 in a World Cup qualifier at Vancouver. Canada's record was even better at BMO Field (15-0-7), dating back to a 2-0 loss to Peru in September 2010.
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