This is a great time of year for soccer fans in this province.
The 2018 World Cup starts Thursday in Russia, with word Wednesday morning the 2026 event will be partially played in Canada, as a joint bid from this country, the U.S. and Mexico has been selected by FIFA to play host.
Saskatchewan Soccer Association Executive Director Doug Pederson believes having that event being played on Canadian soil in eight years is great news for the game in both the province and all of Canada.
“Just having an event like this in the country brings it a little bit closer to home for our young athletes,” Pederson said. “It’s also the same thing for our coaches and referees, and our organizers who work tirelessly to offer soccer to our participants as well,” he said.
While Mosaic Stadium will not play host to any World Cup games, Pederson is hoping there can be some kind of spin-off from the event to help grow the game, adding that a committee is already in place working on what could be done.
2026 World Cup games will be held in Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal.