FIFA announces 16 host cities for 2026 World Cup

FIFA has announced the 16 host cities for the 2026 World Cup, which will take place in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Games will be played in 11 locations across America: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.

The Canadian matches will be held in the cities of Toronto and Vancouver, while the Mexican matches will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey.

The expanded tournament will be the first to feature 48 teams, an increase of 16 from this year’s competition in Qatar, and the first to be co-hosted by three countries.

Cincinnati, Denver, Edmonton, Nashville, Orlando and Washington DC/Baltimore were the candidate cities to be missed.

The selections were confirmed at a ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York, overseen by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

“We congratulate the 16 host cities of the FIFA World Cup for their outstanding commitment and passion,” Infantino said in a statement.

“Today is a historic day – for everyone in these cities and states, for FIFA, for Canada, the United States and Mexico who will put on the greatest show on Earth.

“We look forward to working with them to deliver what will be an unprecedented and game-changing FIFA World Cup as we strive to make football truly global.”

North America will host the Men’s World Cup for the first time in 32 years and fourth time overall.

The United States hosted the 1994 edition, won by Brazil, while Mexico hosted the 1970 and 1986 tournaments, won by Brazil and Argentina respectively.

Canada has never hosted the competition before, but hosted the Women’s World Cup in 2015.

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