Vancouver named official host city of the 2026 FIFA World Cup


Kennedy Stewart, Mayor, City of Vancouver –

“Vancouver is thrilled to welcome the world to Vancouver in 2026! After the success of hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015, Vancouver is set to take the next step and host the biggest FIFA World Cup ever. With world-class amenities, great venues, one of the best stadiums in North America, and Canada’s biggest football fans, we look forward to partnering with Host First Nations and the Province of Columbia. British to host the biggest sporting event in the world! »

Chief Wayne Sparrow, Musqueam Indian Band –

“Football is a unifying sport on a global scale. It’s an important sport to Musqueam – just as it is important to so many communities around the world. We are delighted to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in our ancestral territory. There is no doubt that our young people will not only be proud of our involvement, but will be inspired to keep playing the game that so many of us love.

Sxwíxwtn, Wilson Williams, Spokesperson, Squamish First Nation –

“The Squamish Nation is thrilled to have the FIFA World Cup kicking off on our shared traditional territories in 2026! We look forward to working with our partners to make this the biggest and best World Cup yet. This event will promote Coast Salish cultures and languages ​​to billions of soccer fans around the world and inspire all Indigenous athletes to compete on the world stage.

Chief Jen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation –

“Soccer is extremely important to the Tsleil-Waututh community, and we are excited to have this tournament hosted on our territory in 2026. Sport is like medicine for our people and can help heal and inspire our communities. We are excited to collaborate on these games and look forward to the opportunities they will bring to our collaborators.

Jason Elligott, Executive Director, BC Soccer –

“We are very pleased to learn that Vancouver has been chosen as the host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. To host matches here in British Columbia in a tournament of this magnitude is incredible for soccer and for the people of our province. These games will bring the highest level of competition to BC and will certainly inspire our game.”

Gwendolyn Point, Chair of the Board of BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) –

“We are extremely proud to be named the Canadian host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. This event represents the highest level of international soccer competition, and we are delighted to welcome the world to BC Place Stadium, the Canada’s premier sporting venue, and in Vancouver. . BC Place has long served the province as a hub of sport, culture and community, and now, as part of the historic FIFA World Cup legacy, we look forward to providing a inclusive and unforgettable experience not only to British Columbians, but also to fans everywhere. the globe.”

Richard Porges, CEO, Destination BC –

“We have seen the incredible and lasting impacts that events of this magnitude can have on a destination, generating social, cultural and economic benefits, not just for the host city, but across the province – benefits that are more crucial than ever as our hard-hit tourism sector works towards immediate recovery and long-term renewal. As the international gateway to British Columbia, rich in culture, natural beauty and remarkable experiences for every traveler, Vancouver is a perfect host city for this tournament. We are thrilled to welcome the world to British Columbia for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.”

Tamara Vrooman, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority –

“Hosting one of the most famous sporting events in the world, the FIFA Men’s World Cup, is an honor that we at YVR are incredibly proud to be part of. As our region’s first and last impression, we will continue to do what we do best – provide a safe, seamless and exceptional airport experience for the many athletes, officials, media, fans and partners who travel to Vancouver to enjoy the beautiful game. in our beautiful city.

Royce Chwin, President and CEO, Destination Vancouver –

“GOAL! The biggest show of the beautiful game is coming to Vancouver, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. FIFA World Cup fans are ‘putting the fan in the fandom’ and the diversity of support we’ll see in this multicultural city will be incredible, and an investment in an event of this scale will showcase Vancouver’s appeal as a premier global destination and an essential step in building a vibrant and resilient tourism economy.

Brenda Baptiste, Chair, Indigenous Tourism BC Board of Directors –

“Congratulations to Vancouver on being selected as one of the three host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Hosting the biggest sporting event in the world will certainly have positive impacts on tourism, arts, culture and the sport in British Columbia, including Aboriginal tourism and athletics. Excellence in sport is a cultural principle for Indigenous peoples, and soccer is recognized globally for being a sport with relatively few barriers. Sport brings people together. We look forward to working with our partners to deliver a tournament that will not only attract visitors from around the world and boost BC’s economy, but also inspire Indigenous youth to succeed in sport.

Walt Judas, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of BC –

“British Columbia’s stellar reputation as a host of major events has been reinforced by today’s exciting announcement. Thanks to the province and all levels of government, the 2026 FIFA World Cup will not only bring international attention to our destination, but will also attract visitors from around the world to British Columbia, providing tremendous benefits to our economy of visitors before, during and after this prestigious event.

Ingrid Jarrett, President and CEO, British Columbia Hotel Association –

“Large-scale events, like the FIFA World Cup, have the power to bring communities together, support our province’s economic growth, and keep our tourism and hospitality community competitive for decades to come. After two years of significant pandemic-related losses, our province’s hospitality industry is thrilled to welcome guests from around the world and look forward to once again showcasing our unique British Columbia hospitality on the world stage.

Bridgitte Anderson, President and CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade –

“We are thrilled to have Vancouver as an Official Host City of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Local businesses in Metro Vancouver are thrilled with the substantial economic benefits that will come from co-hosting the world’s biggest tournament. Through collaboration with Indigenous partners, the FIFA 2026 World Cup gives us the opportunity to show the world all that our amazing region has to offer.

Axel Schuster, CEO and Sporting Director, Vancouver Whitecaps FC –

“We are delighted that Vancouver has been named host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. It is an incredible opportunity to welcome everyone to Vancouver, as we did for the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and to once again celebrate our special city. Vancouver Whitecaps FC is thrilled to support our partners in the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver and BC Place Stadium as we prepare to welcome the world to our city and stadium.

Stefan Szkwarek, President, Comox Valley United SC –

“We at Comox Valley United SC are delighted that Vancouver has been chosen as the host city for the 2026 Men’s World Cup! It’s a fantastic opportunity to witness the greatest sporting event in the world, first hand. It will be especially important to grassroots clubs like ours, as attending the pinnacle of our sport locally is sure to inspire millions to take up the beautiful game. high level !

Aaron Walker-Duncan, President, Gorge Soccer Association –

“Having the World Cup on our doorstep will be an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience. It will be such a great opportunity for the growth of football in our local community and inspire future generations of players.”


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