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Co-hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2026

FIFA World Cup 2018 - the end of an era?

1,000 Canadians participated in a survey conducted by PartyCasino. After the recent news of Canada being one of the three nations to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026: the first tournament with 48 teams. We wanted to find out what the Canadians think of the new format.

Summary of results

  • 62% think the World Cup is more about politics these days
  • 58% think it is unfair that 80% of the matches will take place in the United States
  • 62% would not consider traveling across country borders to support their team
  • 66% think it is fair to the fans to spread the games over North America
  • 71% like the idea of a co-hosted World Cup
  • 43% think FIFA is risking the quality of football with this new format

What do Canadians think of a Co-Hosted World Cup?

The hosting of a World Cup in one’s home country might only happen once or twice in a lifetime, and a nation that is awarded with this prestigious opportunity would naturally be proud ambassadors. When asked if the World Cup is more about politics than the actual sport, a staggering 62% of the Canadian poll takers concurred to this.

58% of the Canadians think that it is unfair to host the majority of the matches in the United States, while only 10 out of 80 matches will be taking place in Canada. A 40/20/20 split got 35% of the votes whereas 23% of the poll takers would be happier with another solution. Even though almost half (43%) of the participants think FIFA is risking the quality of football and there is a higher risk of collusion with this new format, the majority (71%) of the same group still think the co-hosting of the World Cup is a good idea.

The upcoming host of the FIFA World Cup 2022 is Qatar. A country with 2.6 million in population - a number that can be compared to Canada´s third largest city alone, namely Vancouver, and where Canada is estimated to have just under 40 million citizens in 2026. With these numbers it becomes evident that Canada has the capacity to be a single hosting nation, something that could have been a now shattered dream, for the 29% of Canadians who voted against the co-hosting of the World Cup 2026.

The results of the survey show that the majority (71%) of participants like the idea of a co-hosted FIFA World Cup and two thirds (66%) think it is fair to the supporters to spread the matches over North America. Only a quarter (38%) of the same group would consider traveling across country borders to support their national soccer team. Canadian and American sport fans are used to traveling great distances to support their teams in NHL and NFL, but having Mexico as the third hosting nation, could be the reason the majority voted against traveling across multiple countries. Out of the 38% who said yes, 58% were male participants.

Not the final results

There is huge potential for the three nations hosting the FIFA World Cup 2026, to make it one of the most memorable tournaments in history. However, with detail planning and budgets taking form, it is a certainty that the new format of the tournament will be debated between fans, citizens, politicians and the rest of the world, in the years to come.

PartyCasino seeks to find out what the supporters think about this coalition of hosting nations and how it will affect the fans that create the atmosphere only to be seen in the FIFA World Cup.

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