NEW YORK — The host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico were announced Thursday in New York. The 2026 tournament will be the biggest ever with a new 48-team, 80-game format, meaning there are 16 additional teams and 16 additional games ahead of the current format. This will be the first time the three countries have joined forces to host the tournament, and Mexico will be the first country to ever host three different men’s world championships on its soil. As a result, 16 sites were selected in three countries, divided into three regional hubs: West, Central and East.
The United States last hosted the Men’s World Cup in 1994, and Brazil won the tournament by knocking out the upstart Americans in the round of 16. This World Cup is still the most attended World Cup ever, with 3.6 million fans attending its matches. But that record is sure to be broken in 2026 when fans enter turnstiles in three countries.
There are a total of 11 venues in the United States, of which Mexico gets three and Canada two. It remains to be seen where the tournament will open and close and how many games each place will receive, thoughfrom the quarterfinals to the final (then offered at MetLife Stadium), they all played on American soil, with several group stage matches and possibly the round of 16 in Mexico and Canada.
Obviously, things can change over time, but for now, here are selected cities and stadiums from the announcement:
- Toronto, Canada – BMO Field
- Boston, Massachusetts – Gillette Stadium
- Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
- Miami, Florida – Hard Rock Stadium
- New York/New Jersey – Metlife Stadium
- Dallas, Texas – AT&T Stadium
- Atlanta, Georgia — Mercedes Benz Stadium
- Kansas City, Missouri – Arrowhead Stadium
- Houston, Texas – NRG Stadium
- Monterrey, Mexico – BBVA Stadium
- Mexico City, Mexico – Azteca Stadium
- Vancouver, Canada – BC Place
- Seattle, Washington – Lumen Field
- Los Angeles, California – SoFi Stadium.
- San Francisco, California – Levy Stadium
- Guadalajara, Mexico – Akron Stadium
With the Washington DC/Baltimore region and Ottawa out of the picture, Mexico City is the only capital of the three to host at least one game. Berlin at the 1974 World Cup in Germany and Tokyo at the 2002 tournament in Japan were the only other instances of the capital being snubbed. Given that the application has been modified in recent months as a joint application with Baltimore due to the state of the FedEx Field (), logistics and Dan Snyder’s involvement in the bid should have played a role. Snyder declined to testify at a US House committee hearing scheduled for June 22. around the Washington Commanders franchise. Depending on how things go, FIFA will want to step into the water.
As for the cities that weren’t selected, FIFA President Gianni Infantino and FIFA Director of Tournaments and Events Colin Smith mentioned that they won’t go unnoticed when it comes to side events related to the tournament. Infantino has hinted at a D.C. fan festival dedicated to real games, and with such a big world championship, everything from fan participation to friendlies will be on the table to make this a true continental party.
Since many stadiums are set up for American football, some modifications will be required to widen some fields and add grass in other areas. Smith does not expect this to cause any problems that will greatly affect the current capacity of these stadiums. The final decision will be made in due course. It’s worth noting that SoFi Field was specifically mentioned for Los Angeles, so would that leave the Rose Bowl, which has already hosted both the men’s and women’s world championship finals, unbeatable?