Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Canada eyes 'granddaddy of them all'
by Paul Kennedy, January 23rd, 2014 6:01PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  canada

MOST COMMENTED

[2026 WORLD CUP] Canada has not qualified for the World Cup finals since its only appearance in 1986, but soccer is definitely on the upswing north of the border with three MLS clubs (Toronto FC, Vancouver and Montreal) plus two teams in the NASL (Ottawa joins FC Edmonton this season). Canada will host the 2014 Under-20 Women's World Cup and 2015 Women's World Cup, and it has set its sights on the big prize: 2026 World Cup, or the "the granddaddy of them all," as CSA president Victor Montagliani called it.

"The process has to start now," said Montagliani on Thursday of a Canada 2026 bid.

The 2015 Women's World Cup, the first FIFA women's tournament with 24 teams, is expected to draw huge crowds -- the goal is ticket sales of 1.5 million -- at six Canadian venues. It will be the first coast-to-coast event Canada has ever held -- across all five time zones, including Moncton, in New Brunswick, which is on Atlantic time zone. (Toronto will not be a host city because it is hosting the Pan-American Games in 2015.)

Montagliani said he was "astonished" with the results of a CSA survey that 92 percent of all Canadians were aware of the tournament, and 1.5 million tickets were expected to be sold for the event. (The landmark 1999 Women's World Cup that took the USA by storm attracted only 1.2 million fans for what was albeit a smaller tournament.)

"We're the only G-8 nation to not host the World Cup," Montagliani said on Thursday. "We've hosted almost every other event. I think it's time for Canada to step up to the plate."

There has been no timeline for the awarding of the 2026 World Cup -- or even guidelines on what FIFA will be looking for from bidders -- but the United States is expected to be the favorite -- if it bids.

In October 2013, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in London that the bidding process would need to be very different to what it has been and the rules would need to be clearer and tighter if the USA to was to bid.

During the 2013 Gold Cup, Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb said North America must host the 2026 World Cup, insisting that the backing of the next FIFA president would be one of conditions of Concacaf support in the 2015 election. Webb said the United States was best suited to host the tournament, insisting that the U.S. market needed to grow. (Much of Concacaf's funding comes from the Gold Cup, which the USA has hosted in whole or part since its launch in 1991.)

FIFA had abandoned the rotation system by which Concacaf would have been in line for the 2022 World Cup that controversially went to Qatar. If FIFA's current bidding rules are maintained, European and Asian nations would be ineligible to bid since the 2018 and 2022 tournaments will go to Russia and Qatar. That would put the Concacaf entrant -- there would likely be an agreement within Concacaf on which country to put forward -- in competition against only countries from Africa, South America and Oceania, a much easier competition.

To throw in another wrinkle, though, FIFA has proposed having all 209 association members -- not just the 25 voting members of the executive committee -- choose the World Cup host.


1 comment
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: January 24, 2014 at 12:54 a.m.
    Canada would be a fantastic host for 2026. I would hope that since the US has already hosted once, we would graciously recommend our north-of-the-border neighbor. Would be good policy, plus remove us from the whole FIFA- &-Sepp-Blatter-Are-Twits discussion of post-2022 hosting that will surely fester in the media for ages.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Report | Jill Ellis to get new national team contract    
Jill Ellis' 15-month contract with U.S. Soccer ended Friday, but don't expect that situation to last ...
CCL: Sounders motivated for pay-back against 'Caps    
Just four days after the Vancouver Whitecaps celebrated -- a little too much to their opponent's ...
CCL: Plata and Rimando star in Real Salt Lake win    
Real Salt Lake ended its six-game losing streak on the road when Joao Plata's goal in ...
Neeskens and Bover make All-NPSL First Team    
John Neeskens, son of former Dutch great Johan Neeskens, and New York Cosmos B teammate Ruben ...
What They're Saying: Swindon Town owner Lee Power    
"If I was a head of a Man United or a Liverpool, this is something I'd ...
Atlanta United wins approval for $30 million complex    
Atlanta United FC, the MLS expansion team that will begin play in 2017, received approval -- ...
Hubbub roils StubHub for Dos Santos introduction    
A huge throng at LAX when his plane landed Sunday, dozens of cameras and reporters at ...
Johannsson set for $5 million move to Werder Bremen     
Aron Johannsson, the Icelandic product who has played for the USA since 2013, is leaving Dutch ...
What They're Saying: Representative Xavier Becerra    
"We believe that the [MLS] championship has been won with your signing, and we're looking for ...
Sounders beef up attack with Austrian Ivanschitz    
Seattle has taken steps to kick-start its sputtering attack, which hasn't scored in the last four ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives