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Which US cities have a chance of being selected to host 2026 World Cup games?

FIFA have yet to confirm how many of the host cities they will select from the US, Canada and Mexico for the 2026 World Cup.

Kieran Quaile
El 26 de julio el Real Madrid y el Atlético jugarán un partido de International Champions Cup 2019 en el MetLife Stadium en Nueva Jersey.
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As soccer fans across the world gear up for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, plans for the 2026 World Cup are already underway.

There are 16 cities across the USA battling it out to host games. FIFA have yet to confirm how many of the host cities they will select from the US, Canada and Mexico, however, is it expected that there will be 16 in total.

The USA are set to have 10 host cities, with three each for Canada and Mexico. There have, however, been rumblings that FIFA could select an 11th US city, or even a 12th.

After confirming when the 16 host venues will be announced, FIFA also said the following in their statement:

“While stadiums represent an essential element of the selection process, FIFA is considering the overarching proposals presented by each candidate host city, which are broader in nature and also include ancillary events and venues, and key aspects such as sustainability, human rights, legacy, general infrastructure and financial impact.

“During the past months we have had open exchanges with the candidate host cities on a number of different topics. We are very thankful and impressed by how dedicated and innovative they all are,” said FIFA’s Chief Tournaments & Events Officer, Colin Smith. “The host cities will be absolutely key to ensuring the successful delivery of the competition. We look forward to working with them to deliver what will undoubtably be the largest FIFA World Cup in history.”

2026 World Cup venues in USA

Of the 80 games at the 2026 World Cup, 60 will be played in the USA and the entire tournament from the quarter-final stage onwards will be in the US.

As mentioned above, the US will have at least 10 host cities, meaning six cities from the list below could miss out.

The following cities are competing to host World Cup games in 2026:

New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium)

Los Angeles (Rose Bowl Stadium or SoFi Stadium)

Miami (Hard Rock Stadium)

Seattle (Lumen Field)

Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)

San Francisco/Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium)

Dallas (AT&T Stadium)

Washington, D.C./Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium)

Boston (Gillette Stadium)

Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field)

Houston (NRG Stadium)

Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium)

Denver (Mile High)

Nashville (Nissan Stadium)

Orlando (Camping World Stadium)

Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium)

Canada and Mexico

In Canada, Toronto and Vancouver will be the destination for games, and Edmonton is the third candidate but may miss out.

In Mexico, FIFA are set to announce Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey as the host cities.

The host cities will be announced by FIFA at 5:00 pm ET on 16 June 2022 in New York City.


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