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2026 World Cup | Canada Soccer

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One of the major highlights of Canada’s World Cup tournament was the 2015 Women’s Edition. Hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup, in which the neighboring USA became World Champion, proved that Canada is a major soccer nation. A soccer nation that, together with the US and Mexico, will be well-equipped to host the world for the Men’s World Cup in 2026.

Like its fellow host countries, Canada wants to make the best possible use of the 2026 World Cup as a catalyst for soccer in general but also for soccer in its own country. One of the top-level goals is to boost the performance of the national men’s team, as well. So far, Canada’s national football team has qualified for the 1986 World Cup as well as the 2022 World Cup. In 1986, it had to return home early after three matches and zero goals. At the 2022 World Cup Canada did not progress beyond the group stage. Canada will be back in 2026 as a host country, and it can already start planning a vast improvement on their previous performance.

Canada: hosts of World Cup’s Women and Youth

It is well known by now that Canada is particularly sports-minded. Ice hockey and lacrosse are immensely popular in this upcoming host country of the Football World Cup. And with the hosting of the Women’s Football World Cup in 2015, in addition to the FIFA World Cup Under 20 (in 2007) and the FIFA World Cup for players under 19 (in 2002), it is quite clear that Canada is very much soccer-inclined as well. This is also explicitly evident from Canada’s participation in the MLS, the Major League Soccer. Of the 24 participating teams in the world-famous league, three originate from Canada (the remaining MLS clubs originate from the USA): Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Montreal Impact.

Canadian Premier League | future Canadian star players

Since 2019, there has also been a new national soccer league at the highest level, consisting of seven Canadian clubs: the Canadian Premier League. This step is also part of the effort to significantly boost the profile of men’s soccer, as is the development of things like the national infrastructural football landscape to structurally produce more future Canadian star players.

Julian de Guzman is Canada’s most capped player with 89 caps.

The all-time top scorer of the national team is Dwayne De Rosario with 22 goals.

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World Cup Football Qualifiers North America, Central America, Caribbean

Qualification North America, Central America, Caribbean

In North America, Central America and the Caribbean, the FIFA qualifiers run from March 18, 2024 to November 18, 2025. Six, seven or eight of the 32 participating CONCACAF nations qualify, joining hosts USA, Canada and Mexico.

World Cup Football Qualifiers South America

FIFA World Cup football Qualification South America

In South America, the FIFA World Cup qualifiers run from September 7, 2023 to September 9, 2025. A total of 10 CONMEBOL nations participate. Six to seven South American countries will qualify. There is one single round.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Europe

FIFA World Cup football qualification Europe

In Europe, the qualifiers run from March 17, 2025 to March 31, 2026. A total of 55 (of 54) UEFA nations participate. Sixteen European countries will qualify. There is one group stage (Round 1), followed by the European play-offs.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Asia

FIFA World Cup football Qualification Asia

In Asia, the World Cup qualification runs from October 12, 2023 to November, 2025. A total of 46 AFC nations participate. Eight or nine Asian countries will qualify. There are three qualifying rounds, before the play-offs.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Africa

FIFA World Cup football Qualification Africa

In Africa, the World Cup football qualifiers run from November 13, 2023 to November 18, 2025. A total of 54 CAF nations participate. Nine or ten African countries will qualify. There are two qualification rounds.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Oceania

FIFA World Cup football Qualification Oceania

In Oceania, the FIFA qualifiers for the World Cup football run from September, 2024 to March, 2025. Eleven OFC nations participate. One or two Oceanic countries qualify. There are three qualification rounds.


Host Cities USA

The 2026 American Dream: the United States is one of the three hosts of the FIFA World Cup Soccer in North America. The USA is the host country with the most - eleven - host cities.

Host Cities Canada

With Vancouver, and Toronto, Canada has two host cities for the world's football finals in North America in 2026. Get more information about the characteristics of these exciting and diverse, dynamic cities.

Host Cities Mexico

With Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico has three candidate host cities for the World Cup in 2026. Each host with its specific ambience, history, attractions, hotspots and other features.

Stadiums USA

The United States will have eleven stadiums for the FIFA 2026 World Cup. Click for more information about these fantastic and modern venues in the USA, and which matches they will host.

Stadiums Canada

During the 2026 World Cup finals, these are the two venues in Canada: BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, and BMO Field in Toronto. Find out more about these attractive Canadian stadiums.

Stadiums Mexico

In Mexico, the FIFA 2026 World Cup will take place in these stadiums: Estadio Akron in Guadalajara, the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City and the BBVA Bancomer Stadium in Monterrey.