The first time I heard that Canada might be bidding for the 2026 World Cup was 5 years ago.
It was 4 years ago when I first asked the CSA, on an It's Called Football podcast, whether they were thinking of a bid. Much to my surprise, the answer they gave made it clear that they were.
Almost 2 years ago, I was told that the bid was happening.
A year and a half ago, former CSN editor-in-chief Ben Rycroft confirmed the bid in an article he wrote for the CBC
So, it wasn't really a surprise on Thursday when the CSA announced publicly that bidding for the 2026 World Cup was happening. In fact, I had to check to make sure it hadn't been officially announced as the bid was common knowledge in Canadian soccer circles.
It wasn't common knowledge among the general public though, so the reactions were fresh.
They were also mostly misguided. The vast majority of Canadians tend to immediately dismiss the idea this country could host a World Cup. They concluded that largely because Canadians tend to be a self-hating bunch that don't realize they are living in one of the richest places in the world.
Those that give it slightly more thought dismiss the bid based on one of three things: 1) that the men's national team struggles, 2) that we don't have stadiums or 3) that we don't have the political clout/flexible morals that will allow us to win a bid.
Winning a bid is by no means a sure thing, but none of the three points stands up to scrutiny.