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The cities of the United States that will host the 2026 World Cup are announced

Updated June 16, 2022 at 5:49 pm ET

Four summers from now, 48 countries will compete for the 2026 World Cup, as the tournament takes place in cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

FIFA, the governing body of international football, announced that these will be the host cities for 2026:

  • Vancouver
  • Seattle
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles (SoFi Stadium)
  • Guadalajara Mexico
  • kansas city
  • dallas
  • atlanta
  • houston
  • Monterrey Mexico
  • Mexico City
  • Toronto
  • Boston
  • Philadelphia
  • miami
  • New York/New Jersey
  • Eleven sites are in the US, three in Mexico and two in Canada. Locations of particular matches, including the sites of the opening and final matches, will be announced at a later date.

    This will be the first time the tournament will include 48 teams, instead of the current 32-team format. It will also be the first time that the tournament has been organized in three host countries.

    Cities that were not selected include Cincinnati; Denver; Edmonton, Canada; Nashville, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; and Baltimore.

    The opening “main” match is likely to take place in either Los Angeles or Mexico City, both cities that have previously hosted World Cup finals.

    The United States, Canada, and Mexico were selected as the winning bid in 2018, beating out Morocco. The United States hosted the World Cup in 1994; Mexico hosted the tournament in 1970 and 1986.

    The joint offer of the three countries called itself the United Offer, under the slogan “Unity. Certainty. Opportunity.” His campaign highlighted the huge financial opportunity of hosting the games in North America, as well as the ease and safety of using large-capacity stadiums that are already in use.

    Most of the disputed US stadiums regularly host NFL teams, with some also hosting MLS squads. The Canadian stadiums host the Canadian Soccer League and MLS, while the proposed stadiums in Mexico are home to teams from Mexico’s top soccer league, Liga MX.

    Fans cheer on the USA during a 2014 World Cup viewing party at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  The stadium is among those vying to host matches during the 2026 World Cup.

    Fans cheer on the USA during a 2014 World Cup viewing party at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, near Dallas. The stadium will host matches during the 2026 World Cup.

    The offer touted the stadiums’ luxury suites and club space, promising they are all “ideally designed to accommodate FIFA leaders and guests, international dignitaries and the premium ticket buyer.”

    Hosting the World Cup in three very large countries will pose significant travel challenges for the teams and the fans that follow them, especially when compared to tournaments staged in a single country with strong rail links that allow fans to travel from city to city. .

    United Bid took this into account when designing regional groups for teams and groups.

    Over the course of the knockout stage of the tournament, there will be a flow from west to east, and the bid proposed locating the final match at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The bid also suggested hosting the two semifinals in Atlanta and Dallas.

    But long before the world’s soccer fans arrive in North America, there is the 2022 World Cup, which will take place in the host nation, Qatar. The tournament begins on November 21 and will run until December 18.

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