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Canada Void Of National Team Base Camps In Latest FIFA World Cup Update

By on June 12, 2024 0 3603 Views

FIFA has unveiled its current list of FIFA Men’s World Cup 2026 team base camps – that is, cities where national teams will train and stay for the group stage – for the tri-country hosted competition set for kickoff in two-years’ time.

Canada, Mexico, and the USA will split hosting duties, with today’s announcement seeing very contrasting approaches from each country in regards to hosting the actual teams: the USA has four of its eleven host cities also poised to be Team Base Camps. Nine additional US cities are applying to be a team base camp city, several of which plan to use university stadium fields.

Mexico’s three host cities will also operate as team base camps, while Canada has zero team base camps across the board, including in its host cities of Vancouver and Toronto.

That means that Team Canada itself, at the moment, wouldn’t actually have a training camp in its own country.

Canada Alphonso Davies
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When including the candidate cities still to be locked in, there are currently 24 team base camp locations listed throughout 16 cities. Dallas looks set to be the busiest of the bunch, with the host city listing four different team base camp facilities, each of which is tied to a unique hotel venue.

When Toronto first pitched hosting World Cup games in 2018, a city report estimated the cost for this to be between $30 million and $45 million. Two years ago those cost projections would balloon to about $300 million, and now it rests a further $80 million north of that. 

The city will host six games in all, with Toronto expecting to receive about $392 million in economic boost to the city, and $456 million for the province based on a five-game estimate – the city will now host six games, however.

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Former York United President Angus McNab had hoped to see a new stadium installation at Woodbine plant a flag for team base camp consideration here, though these structural plans never came to fruition following the CPL’s side sale to new owners who, as it stands, are still looking at new stadium options.

“Even if a city is not staging matches, a participating team coming to stay creates a strong personal bond with the competition for people locally,” says World Cup COO Heimo Schirgi, who’s probably making a stretch with that claim.

“It will see them adopt their guests as a second team during the tournament, thereby connecting even more people to the FIFA World Cup.”

Canada Soccer Liam Millar
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As Canada continues its preparations for the World Cup, the Canadian men’s national team is about to embark on its first Copa America. Head coach Jesse Marsch led the side through a loss to the Netherlands before holding number two-ranked France to a scoreless draw last week.

Les Rouges will kick off against Argentina next Thursday and will hope to continue turning heads following their first World Cup appearance since ’86 two years ago in Qatar.

Of course, there’s still time for any Canadian cities who wish to host national teams to submit their facilities for such. FIFA is still accepting expressions of interest and will continue to do so through to 2025.

With 24 team base camps on the tentative menu thus far, FIFA expects the list to grow over the next 18 months with further candidate options in Canada, Mexico, and the USA expected. For now, the first team base camp that could emerge from Canada remains a mystery.

Source: FIFA

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