FIFA is gearing up to name the host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Thursday, and as we get closer to the announcement, the picture is getting a little clearer as to who will be hosting as cities set up parties to watch the announcements from Seattle to Kansas. City. It is planned that this will be the first World Cup with 48 teams. The host city will be announced four years after FIFA selected the United States, Mexico and Canada to host the games. This week, 22 host cities were selected, with 10 to 12 US cities expected to be selected, including the Canadian cities of Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto, as well as the Mexican cities of Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey. , according to Reuters.
As far as the United States is concerned, Los Angeles and New York/New Jersey must be closed for matches. Los Angeles has a $5.5 billion SoFi Stadium that hosted Super Bowl LVI, and MetLife Stadium in New Jersey hosted the America’s Cup final and is expected to host multiple games.
Cities also involved in the dispute include Dallas, Boston, San Francisco, Orlando, and a joint bid between Washington and Baltimore.
Here’s what you need to know:
Expected leaders in the US
- New York/New Jersey (Metlife Stadium)
- Dallas (AT&T Stadium)
- Los Angeles (SoFi Stadium)
- Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
- Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field)
- San Francisco (Levi Stadium)
- Houston (NRG Stadium)
- Seattle (Lumen Field)
Who else is on the run?
- Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium)
- Baltimore/Washington, DC (M&T Bank Stadium)
- Miami (Hard Rock Stadium)
- Boston (Gillette Stadium)
- Denver (Empower Field)
- Orlando (Camping World Stadium)
- Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium)
- Nashville (venue to be confirmed)
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How many games will there be and how many in the US?
This World Cup will feature 80 games, 16 more than the current format of 64 matches. 60 matches will be played in the United States, with every game from the quarter-finals to the final taking place on American soil.
How many games will be held in each city?
This is yet to be determined, but it was originally suggested that everyone get at least five games. And with the field expanding to 48 teams, it seems likely that every American city will be able to host at least one playoff game.
How to watch the announcement
Date: Thursday 15 June | Time: 5:00 pm ET
Location: New York, USA
TELEVISION: FS1 | Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)