News FIFA World Cup 26™ Host Cities gather in Toronto as game-changing tournament edges closer

Representatives from the 16 FIFA World Cup 26™ Host Cities across Canada, Mexico and United States joined colleagues from FIFA’s Toronto, Mexico City and Miami offices in Toronto this week for a series of planning workshops as preparations towards kick-off on 11 June 2026 continue at pace.

More than 100 representatives from Host Cities and FIFA came together for the third time in six-months for three days of intensive working group discussions. Critical operational and fan experience topics such as Guest Operations, FIFA Fan Festivals™, FIFA Music, Volunteers, Legacy and Ceremonies were on the agenda.

The FIFA World Cup 26 teams were also joined by The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Canada’s Minister of Sport and Physical Activity, who joined a FIFA World Cup 26™ reception at Toronto’s iconic CN Tower.

The Minister spoke about the importance of sport and football to Canadians and the positive impact and lasting economic, social and cultural legacy a tournament of this scale will have.

“It was great to welcome FIFA officials and representatives of all the host cities to Toronto for the Host City Workshop. We have an exciting opportunity in Canada to use our 13 World Cup matches and the six-week celebration of soccer to continue to propel this sport forward across our country long after the last ball of the tournament has been kicked. We can’t wait to welcome the world to Toronto and Vancouver in 2026!” said The Honourable Carla Qualtrough.

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