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Canadian Soccer Association will bid for the 2026 World Cup

Jan 23, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT

Gregor Balazic, Dwayne De Rosario AP

The Canada men have played in one World Cup, back in 1986, and the nation’s got a plan to guarantee its participation in at least one of their next three chances.

The United States’ northern neighbors unveiled their strategic soccer plan for the years 2014-18, and it involves going hard at hosting the 2026 World Cup. This has been rumored for a few months, but today’s report finds it quite official.

The plan, called “Leading A Soccer Nation,” involves implementing such seemingly basic elements such as developing a national database for youth players and “mandating technical development.”

“We’re the only G-8 nation to not host the World Cup,” said CSA president Victor Montagliani. “We’ve hosted almost every other event … I think it’s time for Canada to step up to the plate.”

North American mates Mexico are also planning to bid for the tournament and have discussed co-hosting with the United States. Colombia also is planning a bid and USSF president Sunil Gulati said the States would consider bidding if the process was more open and fair. Wales is also interested.

Canada hired 61-year-old Spanish manager Benito Florio to take over their men’s senior team in August. He’ll look to find honors for the squad, which has just two CONCACAF championships to show for itself, and none since 2000. They haven’t escaped group play of the Gold Cup in their last two tries and were ousted before the Hexagonal in 2014 World Cup qualifying, finishing one point behind advancing Honduras and Panama in Group C.

  1. tylerbetts - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Here’s hoping they follow Qatar for a Winter World Cup!

  2. dfstell - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    It’d be nice to see the WC awarded to a place that doesn’t use slaves to build the stadiums. Canada would certainly qualify.

  3. newmanggrrr - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    I think Wales has more chance hosting (and qualifying) for a World Cup 😉

  4. hildezero - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Makes sense. But by then Canada will be a much better team than now anyways.

  5. footballer4ever - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    If Canada does fully go at full force to host WC2022, then it will definitely win it due to Mexico already hosted it twice, US once and canada none so far to complete the North American trifecta. Again, it’s Fifa and for what we know fiji could host it as long as the money is offered.

  6. bnwpnw - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I hope they’ve been saving up for the bribery fund.

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