At a live event in New York City today, FIFA announced 16 host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, including 11 in the United States, three in Mexico, and two in Canada. The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in three different countries for the first time.
Under the new expanded format, the 16 United States, Canada, and Mexico cities will host a total of 48 teams and 80 matches, making it the largest FIFA World Cup in history.
“It’s a historic day for U.S. Soccer and the entire American soccer community, from every corner of our grassroots all the way to the pros and our National Teams,” said U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone. “Together with our good friends in Canada and Mexico, we couldn’t be more excited to work with FIFA to host what we think will be the greatest World Cup in history. I want to congratulate all the big cities that will host games. I know you will all do a fantastic job of sharing your world-class stadiums, unique communities and culture, and amazing fans when the world comes to North America in four years.”
Each of the three host countries had a player representative at the announcement, which aired on FOX Sports 1 and Telemundo, the English and Spanish rights holders for the tournament when it is broadcast in the United States. Christian Pulisic of the United States Men’s National Team represented the United States, while Hirving Lozano of Mexico and Jonathan Osorio of Canada represented their respective countries.
The historic tournament will feature 48 nations, up from 32 in the previous seven tournaments dating back to 1998, when the number of participants was increased from 24 to 32.
In alphabetical order, the cities chosen are:
Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, and Seattle are among the cities in the United States.
Mexico City , MONTERREY, GUADALAJARA in Mexico
Toronto and Vancouver, Canada
FIFA authorities will select which of the 16 cities will host group play and which will host elimination phase matches at a later date.
“We salute the 16 FIFA World Cup Host Cities on their exceptional dedication and enthusiasm,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a statement. “Today is a momentous day for those towns and states, FIFA, Canada, the United States, and Mexico, who will put on the greatest show on Earth. We look forward to collaborating with them to provide an unparalleled FIFA World Cup that will be a game-changer in our efforts to make football truly worldwide.”
In 2018, the United States, Canada, and Mexico were chosen as the winning bid, defeating Morocco. The United States previously hosted the World Cup in 1994, and Mexico previously hosted the event in 1970 and 1986.
The three nations’ unified effort was known as the United Bid, with the slogan “Unity. Certainty. Opportunity.” Their pitch emphasised the significant financial opportunity presented by holding the games in North America and the convenience and certainty of using existing large-capacity venues.
The bulk of the arenas in contention in the United States routinely host NFL teams, and several also house MLS clubs. The Canadian stadiums host the Canadian Football League and Major League Soccer, while the projected Mexican venues would house clubs from Mexico’s premier soccer league, Liga MX.