Vancouver named as potential host city for Federation Internationale de Football Association 2026 World Cup

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Prepare to (potentially) get even more: The Queen City could score one of the soccer world's biggest events in the next decade.

Seven cities in Canada - Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Toronto and Vancouver - are in the running for matches there.

Officials from each city are being asked to provide information including their city's transportation infrastructure, past experience with major sporting and cultural events and accommodations that would be available.

Nearly every major USA city was included on Tuesday's preliminary list.

List of cities and stadiums identified for the potential inclusion into the United Bid by Canada, USA, and Mexico to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Each venue included in the request has to have at least 40,000 seats for the group-stage matches, and U.S. Bank Stadium has 63,000.

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The 2026 tournament will be the largest in history, growing from the 1998-2022 standard by 50 percent in participants (32 to 48) and 25 percent in matches (64 to 80).

The cities have until September 5 to confirm their intentions.

RFK Stadium was among nine venues used during the 1994 World Cup, the last time the tournament was staged in North America.

The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada has started its outreach for cities to declare their interest to serve as official official host cities for the World Cup. Bid officials said they anticipate at least 12 cities to ultimately be chosen as official host cities. A final bid from each city will be due by January of 2018.

Lenarduzzi was managing the Vancouver 86ers of the Canadian Soccer League when the US was awarded the 1994 tournament in 1988. Slated to host 60 tournament games, the United States would feature the most venues. Stadiums of every National Football League team are on the list except for Buffalo's New Era Field.

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