FIFA has announced 16 cities in North America that will host 2026 FIFA World Cup matches: 11 locations selected in the US, three in Mexico and two in Canada.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament hosted by three countries, as well as the first to feature 48 teams.
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US World Cup official cities: New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium), Los Angeles (SoFi Stadium), Dallas (AT&T Stadium), San Francisco Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium), Miami ( Hard Rock Stadium). Stadium), Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), Seattle (Lumen Stadium), Houston (NRG Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium), and Boston (Gillette Stadium).
The host of the 1994 World Cup final, the Rose Bowl, was not selected, another Los Angeles stadium, SoFi Stadium, was chosen instead.
The cities officially chosen to host World Cup matches in Mexico and Canada are Guadalajara (Akron Stadium), Monterrey (BBVA Bancomer Stadium), Mexico City (Azteca Stadium), Toronto (BMO Field) and Vancouver (BC Place)..
The following candidates did not qualify: Baltimore/Washington, DC (M&T Bank Stadium), Orlando (Camping World Stadium), Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium), Nashville (Nissan Stadium), Denver (Empower Field at Mile High), and Edmonton (Commonwealth) ). Stadium).
Of the original three-country bid for United 2026, 60 games must be played in the United States, while Mexico and Canada will each receive 10 matches. Once the tournament reaches the quarter-final stage, all remaining playoff games will be played in the US.
Initially starting with candidates from 44 cities and 49 stadiums across North America, site selection process started in 2017. Potential applicants were asked to “provide information about each city’s transportation infrastructure, past experience with major sporting and cultural events, affordable housing, environmental initiatives, potential locations, and more,” including possible training grounds, base camps, and other considerations.
By March 2018, just months before FIFA officially awarded United’s 2026 bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the list of North American candidates had dwindled to 23. Areas such as Chicago, Minneapolis. and Arizona due to what the city cited as problems with FIFA’s financial requirements.
Other notable cities not included in the 2018 list of 23 places were Charlotte, Detroit, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Tampa. Vancouver, initially out of contention due to funding disagreements, eventually replaced Montreal after they pulled out in 2021 when the provincial government withdrew its support.
At the end of 2021, a FIFA delegation led by CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani visited all candidate cities to host the tournament.
Baltimore and Washington’s joint bid for M&T Bank Stadium was announced this April after FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. dropped out of the race and decided to merge with Baltimore’s bid. According to the proposal, a fan festival was to be held at the D.C. National Mall.
Since the Rose Bowl is not selected, none of the 1994 U.S. Men’s World Championship venues will be used to host the 2026 tournament.
The Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, which hosted the 1970 and 1986 World Cup finals, will be the first stadium to host three men’s world championships. Mexico will also be the first country to host or host three men’s world championships.