UPDATE: Toronto gets Federal support for joint 2026 World Cup bid
It's official: Canada is teaming up with the U.S. and Mexico to bid for the 2026 World Cup.
If North America is picked to host the event, our country could host 10 games.
Up to 5 of those games would be played in Toronto's BMO Field.
Montreal, Vancouver, and Edmonton are other Canadian cities that could share hosting duties.
A total of 60 matches would be played in the United States, along with 10 in Mexico.
It would be the first time multiple countries host the soccer tournament.
Morocco has also put forward a bid for the 2026 World Cup. Friday is the deadline to submit bid books.
The winning bid will be selected in May of 2020.
Mayor John Tory has already said that he would support Toronto being one of the host cities.
City staff estimate it would cost between $30 million to $45 million to co-host the World Cup, a cost that would be shared between all three levels of government.
Canada's national soccer program is ranked 89th in the world by the governing body of soccer.
While that's well short of qualifying for the 48-team tournament, Canada would get a spot regardless of its world ranking, because it would be one of the host countries.