Holding the FIFA World Cup 2026™ in Montreal will reinforce football as a leading sport as well as a uniting social force and catalyst for development in Canada and North America. In Montreal, business, the arts, culture and sports would work together in new and innovative ways to ensure that this shared project is a Montreal-style success.
Montreal is the second largest city in Canada and is home to nearly half of the population of the province of Quebec. It is a major industrial, commercial, and financial centre and a focal point of francophone culture in North America. The city also played host to the 1976 Olympic Games and the legacy of this event has enabled Montreal to develop world-class sporting infrastructure including the Olympic Stadium, the Claude Robillard Sports Complex, the Etienne Desmarteau Center and many world class facilities.
The city is a focal point for top-level sports in the province, with big clubs bringing fame to the city for more than 100 years. The Montreal Impact has been the city’s top professional club since the 1990s, winning league and playoff titles, Canadian Championship titles (2008, 2013, 2014) and were runners-up in the 2014/15 Concacaf Champions League.
The city has hosted major football tournaments and holds the Canadian attendance record for a football match: 71,617 for the Championship Final of the 1976 Olympic Football Tournament.
The Olympic Stadium has also hosted the largest Canadian football crowd of the year more than a dozen times, six of which were the largest of any in-stadium sporting event for the year.
Montreal hosted the 1976 Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers, the 1994 Concacaf Women’s Championship (where Canada qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ for the first time), the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007™, the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014™ (when they served as the headquarters and hosted the Final), and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.
Montreal hosts several professional teams, notably the Impact (MLS), Canadiens (NHL) and Alouettes (CFL). The city also hosts the annual tennis Rogers Cup as well as the Formula One Grand Prix. The greater city also includes the Impact Academy program as well as Canada Soccer’s Quebec Regional Centre for young women footballers.