According to FIFA, the United States will have 11 of the 16 host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will also include matches in Mexico and Canada.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first to feature 48 teams and three host countries, and FIFA president Gianni Infantino expressed delight on Thursday night at the “unparalleled competitiveness of this selection process.”
Your #FIFAWorldCup 2026 Host Cities:
🇺🇸New York / New Jersey
🇺🇸San Francisco Bay Area
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 16, 2022
Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, and New York/New Jersey were among the US cities named at a New York City event.
Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey will host games, while Vancouver and Toronto, Canada, were also chosen from a preliminary list of 22.
Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, Orlando, Washington DC/Baltimore, and Edmonton were among the cities that did not make the cut.
The United States will host the event for the second time, having previously done so in 1994. Mexico hosted the tournament in 1970 and 1986.
“We congratulate the 16 FIFA World Cup host cities on their outstanding commitment and passion. Today is a historic day — for everyone in those cities and states, for FIFA, for Canada, the USA and Mexico who will put on the greatest show on Earth. We look forward to working together with them to deliver what will be an unprecedented FIFA World Cup and a game-changer as we strive to make football truly global,” said Infantino.
“We were delighted by the unparalleled competitiveness of this selection process. We are extremely grateful not only to the 16 cities that have been selected, but also to the other six – with whom we look forward to continuing to engage and explore additional opportunities to welcome fans and participating teams. This has always been a FIFA World Cup of three countries, and that undoubtedly will have a tremendous impact on the whole region and the wider football community,” added FIFA vice-president and Concacaf president Victor Montagliani.
(Inputs from IANS)