Canada’s Soccer Team Building Legacy for 2026 World Cup

Qualification for the 2022 World Cup was an achievement in itself for Canada’s soccer team. This is only the second time in the country’s history that the nation has made it through to the final stages.

When Canada were last at the World Cup, at Mexico in 1986, they exited the competition at the first hurdle. Sadly, a similar fate awaits, but it’s all about experience and building for the future.

The Task Ahead

Canada would always face a tough task in Qatar, but John Herdman’s men were unlucky enough to be drawn in an extremely difficult group. The Maple Leafs had to face Croatia, who were beaten finalists in 2018, and Belgium who won the third place play off.

The Canadians were outsiders to qualify, along with Morocco who are also included in the section. Those who track the betting markets can follow Canada’s progress at Asiabet. The best football betting website, known in Thai as เว็บพนันบอลที่ดีที่สุด, has options for all futures, moneyline and prop betting. While the operators may originate in Thailand, many are accessible across North America.

Readers can take in those group betting odds while considering news, opinion and a selection of useful betting guides. Anyone wishing to put their knowledge to the test can also gain direct access to the markets.

Each sportsbook on the Asiabet panel is open to eligible new customers. Many Thai and Asian bookmakers open their doors to global customers and most will issue a welcome promotion after a successful sign up.

Qualifying bets may be needed and a range of deposit providers can help with adding necessary funds. Those who continue to play with the sportsbook can look forward to additional benefits.

Ongoing bonuses are likely, while the majority of operators publish live markets and a mobile app for betting on the go. It’s the perfect partner for all forms of World Cup betting, but what can we expect from Canada?

Four Years On

Canada don’t have to worry about qualifying for the next World Cup in four years’ time. The fact that they are co-hosts means that they have already made it through. Toronto and Vancouver are the country’s locations for the 2026 tournament and they join up with 14 cities across Mexico and the USA.

The tournament will have expanded to accommodate 48 teams in 2026 and it’s hoped that Canada can make it past the first stage for the first time in their history. The development of their roster and the experience gained at Qatar 2022 will be vital to that aim.

Key Players

Canada’s 2022 World Cup squad includes several players who are employed overseas. Leading scorer Jonathan David currently features for French top flight club Lille and he’s been the subject of transfer rumors involving even bigger sides.

If Canada are to enjoy a positive tournament, David’s goals would have played a part. First choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan is at Red Star Belgrade and he is one of 15 squad members who play in Europe.

Alphonso Davies boasts the most impressive employer. Having started his career with Vancouver Whitecaps, the winger was snapped up by the mighty Bayern Munich in 2019.

Supporters should also look out for attacking midfielder Liam Millar who is tipped for a bright future after scoring ten goals in his debut season for Basel.

How far can Canada go?

Canada’s soccer team only has to look over the border to see what they could achieve. Like the USA, a number of their key players are in demand and are playing their soccer in the biggest leagues across the World.

The 2022 World Cup will be USMNT’s tenth. They reached the semi finals in a reduced opening tournament in 1930, but their most impressive achievement was a place in the quarter finals in 2022.

With one or two expectations, the majority of Canada’s 2022 World Cup squad are youthful enough to be involved in a home tournament in four years’ time. With that home advantage added in, there is genuine hope that the team can make the knockout rounds in 2026.

Winning the World Cup may be beyond the side for the foreseeable future, but this is an improving unit, and one that should be making the knockout rounds moving forward.

Photo: "Canada vs Dominica" (CC BY-ND 2.0) by Chris McPhee