Don’t laugh at our World Cup dreams

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

Don’t chuckle when I say this, because it is true, Canada wants to host the FIFA World Cup.

Chuckle away, but I’m sure most soccer fans were having a good hoot when the United States won the right to host the 1994 tournament, and look what it has done for their soccer program.

When the time comes, the Canadian Soccer Association will formally bid on the 2026 World Cup, joining the likes of Mexico and Colombia, who have also said they will bid on the event.

We’ve hosted a handful of other FIFA events, including the Under-20 Women’s World Cup which actually began Tuesday in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Moncton.

Canada played host to the Under-20 World Cup and sold 1.2 million tickets, the highest number ever, and we’re hosting next year’s Women’s World Cup.

The head of the CSA notes that Canada is the only G8 country that has not hosted a World Cup, and I think it’s time we did.

I think Canada would do a great job.

Our group of stadiums, which could Tim Hortons Field, would have to be retrofitted with natural grass, but that’s not a huge issue.

The biggest hurdle is not whether the CSA can persuade FIFA that Canada is the right place to host the games… it must convince all three levels of government to pump in cash for the games.

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