In case you have been living under a rock, the FIFA World Cup will be coming to three countries in 2026! You heard that correctly, Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America will be hosting this global event. It will be the first time that the World Cup has three host countries where 48 teams will compete with 80 matches. Read the joint statement from all three fútbol presidents here.
So what’s next? The 23 potential host cities will have to be trimmed down to 16. According to the Washington Post, “Slated to stage 60 matches, the United States will have the most locations (10 or 11). Mexico (10 games) is expected to have all three entries. Canada (10) can count on at least two of the three proposed sites.”
Front runners include New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Boston, Dallas, Guadalajara, and Monterrey. Fighting for additional matches will be Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Houston, Miami, Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco (Bay Area), Philadelphia, Montreal, Denver, and Orlando. And those long shots are Baltimore, Edmonton, Nashville, Kansas City, and Cincinnati.
Each of these cities already has pre-built, world-class facilities to offer FIFA maximum flexibility and leverage when making the best choice for where and how to stage the competition. I’m honestly surprised Chicago didn’t make the list since it’s a huge flight/airport hub in the U.S.
Decisions about the host cities will happen in 2020 or 2021. Read more about the World Cup’s return to North America here.
Which city do you think would benefit most from the World Cup?