- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

TORONTO (AP) - Canada plans to bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

“We’re the only G-8 nation to not host the World Cup,” Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani said on Thursday. “We’ve hosted almost every other event. … I think it’s time for Canada to step up to the plate.”

Canada has hosted FIFA youth tournaments and will stage next year’s Women’s World Cup.

CONCACAF has not hosted the cup since 1994 in the U.S.

Canada made its only World Cup appearance in 1986 and is ranked 111th in the world, between Bahrain and Guatemala.

Montagliani cited the growth in U.S. football sparked by the 1994 tournament.

“When they bid for the World Cup, I wouldn’t say the game was in a healthy state in the U.S. both professionally and domestically,” he said. “Their leadership group decided to put a bid together, and I think that was a bit of a lightning rod for people to come together.”

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said future World Cup hosts will be decided by all FIFA members, not just the executive committee.

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