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Vancouver is the 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 2015, Vancouver is ready to take the next step and host the biggest FIFA World Cup ever. With world-class amenities, superb venues, one of the best stadiums in North America and Canada’s biggest football fans, we can’t wait to partner with Host First Nations and the Province of BC to host the world’s greatest sporting event!”

Chief Wayne Sparrow, Musqueam Indian Band—

“Football is a global sport. It’s an important sport for Musqueam – just as it is important for so many communities around the world. We are very excited to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in our traditional territory. There is no doubt that our youth will not only be proud of our commitment, but inspired to continue playing the game that so many of us love.”

Sxwíxwtn, Wilson Williams, Speaker of the Squamish First Nation –

“The Squamish Nation is thrilled that the 2026 FIFA World Cup will begin in our shared traditional territories! We look forward to working with our partners to make this World Cup the biggest and best yet. This event will introduce billions of football fans around the world to Coast Salish cultures and languages, and inspire all Indigenous athletes to compete on the global stage.”

Chief Jen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation –

“Football is incredibly important to the Tsleil-Waututh community and we are delighted that this tournament will be played in our area in 2026. Sport is like medicine for our people and can help heal and inspire our communities. We look forward to collaborating on these games and the opportunities they will offer our employees.”

Jason Elligott, Managing Director, BC Soccer –

“We are delighted to hear the positive news that Vancouver has been selected as the host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. For games to be played in a tournament of this magnitude here in BC, it’s great for football and for the people of our province. These games will bring the highest level of competition to BC and will definitely provide inspiration for our game.”

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

“We are very proud to have been named Canada’s host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. This event represents the highest level of international football competition and we are excited to welcome the world to BC Place Stadium, Canada’s premier sporting venue, and to Vancouver. BC Place has long served as the province’s sporting, cultural and community hub, and now as part of the historic legacy of the FIFA World Cup, we look forward to delivering an inclusive and memorable experience not just to British Columbians, but to all fans offer the globe.”

Richard Porges, CEO, Destination BC –

“We have seen the incredible and lasting impact events of this scale can have on a destination, generating social, cultural and economic benefits, not just for the host city but for the entire province – benefits that are more important than ever to ours Badly hit tourism sector is working on 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 very excited to welcome the world to BC for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.”

Tamara Vrooman, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority –

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

Royce Chwin, President and CEO, Destination Vancouver –

“TOR! The greatest spectacle of the beautiful game is coming to Vancouver and we couldn’t be more excited. FIFA World Cup fans are ‘making the fan fandom’ and the diversity of support we’ll see in this multicultural city will be amazing. Investing in an event of this magnitude will demonstrate Vancouver’s appeal as a global destination of choice and will be a critical step in building a vibrant and resilient visitor economy.”

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

“Congratulations to Vancouver on being selected as one of three host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Hosting the world’s largest single sporting event is sure to have a positive impact on BC tourism, arts, culture and sports, including Indigenous tourism and athletics. Excellence in sport is a cultural principle for indigenous peoples and football is known worldwide for being a sport with relatively few barriers. Sport brings people together. We look forward to working with our partners to host a tournament that not only attracts visitors from around the world and boosts BC’s economy, but also inspires Indigenous youth to thrive in sports.”

Walt Judas, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of BC –

“British Columbia’s excellent reputation as a host of major events was further reinforced by today’s exciting announcement. Thanks to the province, and indeed all levels of government, the 2026 FIFA World Cup will not only draw international attention to our destination, but will also bring visitors to BC from around the world, bringing tremendous benefits to our visitor economy before, during and after this prestigious event.”

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

“Major 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 losses, our province’s lodging industry is delighted to welcome guests from around the world and looks forward to once again showcasing our unique British-Colombian hospitality on the world stage.”

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

“We are delighted that Vancouver will be an official host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Local businesses throughout the Vancouver area are enjoying the significant economic benefits of co-hosting the world’s largest tournament. By working with Indigenous partners, the FIFA 2026 World Cup gives us an opportunity to show the world what our incredible region has to offer.”

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

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

Stefan Szkwarek, President, Comox Valley United SC –

“We at Comox Valley United SC are delighted that Vancouver has been selected as the host city for the 2026 Men’s World Cup! This is a fantastic opportunity to witness the world’s greatest sporting event first-hand. This will be particularly important for grassroots clubs like ourselves, as witnessing the pinnacle of our sport on the spot is sure to inspire millions to watch this beautiful game. We are really excited to see one of our national teams play at the highest level!”

Aaron Walker-Duncan, President, Gorge Soccer Association –

“Having the World Cup on our doorstep will be an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience. This will be a great opportunity for football to grow in our local community and inspire future generations of players.”

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