On 16th June 2022, FIFA declared North American urban areas that will host matches for the 2026 World Cup, with 11 venues picked in the United States, three in Mexico, and two in Canada.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament hosted by three countries and furthermore, the formate will extend to 48 groups in the opposition.
Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Missouri, New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle cities are officially selected to host World Cup matches in the USA.
“It was the most competitive process ever for the FIFA World Cup,” Gianni Infantino the president of FIFA told Fox Sports about the selection process. “We will be working in clusters, making sure that the teams and the fans don’t have to travel too much in different areas: West, Central, and East.”
The cities of Mexico and Canada (Guadalajara, Monterrey, Mexico City, Toronto, and Vancouver) were officially selected to host World Cup matches in FIFA UNITED 2026.
U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said “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.” He also added a statement. “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.
From the first “United 2026” bid from the three countries, 60 games are set to be played in the United States, while Mexico and Canada will each get 10 matches. When the competition arrives at the quarterfinal stage, all excess knockout round games will be held in the U.S.