FIFA began unveiling its plans for a sprawling, three-nation men’s World Cup, announcing the host cities for soccer’s biggest-ever championship. The tournament, to be hosted jointly by the United States, Mexico and Canada, will be the first to have 48 teams.
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-16 cities in the USA, Canada and Mexico, will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
-Some of the winning bidders include legendary soccer venues like Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca and metropolitan areas with previous World Cup hosting experience like Los Angeles and New York
16 cities in the USA, Canada and Mexico
Eleven of the sixteen host venues for the 2026 FIFA World Cup are in the USA, with three in Mexico and two in Canada. Mexico will host the World Cup for the third time, while Canada will be doing so for the first time. The USA previously hosted the World Cup in 1994. The final groupings into three regions (East, Central, and West) hint at how the tournament may play out, with teams scattered regionally to limit cross-country travel for teams and fans.
The governing body has stated that they decided based on various factors, including stadium capacity and weather conditions.
EAST: Toronto (BMO Field); Boston (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.); Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field); Miami (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.); and New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.).
CENTRAL: Kansas City, Mo. (Arrowhead Stadium); Dallas (AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas); Atlanta (Mercedes Benz Stadium); Houston (NRG Stadium); Monterrey, Mexico (Estadio BBVA, Guadalupe); Mexico City (Estadio Azteca).
WEST: Vancouver (BC Place); Seattle (Lumen Field); San Francisco (Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.); Los Angeles (SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, Calif.); and Guadalajara, Mexico (Estadio Akron, Zapopan).
Some work left to be done
Infantino said there are still many choices left to make, such as organizing the schedule of games and assigning which cities will host the most important games, including the opening match and the final. Also, travel reduction and heat will significantly impact the final decision on the schedule and stadiums.
The stadiums that have been selected are mainly those used by NFL teams, so they have large capacities. However, some seats will need to be removed to accommodate a wider soccer field. The games will be played on grass fields installed weeks before the tournament starts.
Football fans can look forward to an exciting World Cup in 2026!