Fifa has announced the host cities for 2026 including the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
The US, Canada, and Mexico will co-host the 2026 World Cup, and Fifa has confirmed the host cities. 60 of the tournament’s 80 games, including each match from the quarterfinal onward, will be played in the US. Ten games each will be held in Canada and Mexico. At a ceremony on Thursday in New York, the cities in the Western, Eastern, and Central zones were revealed.
11 American locations were chosen, five of which were in the east (despite FIFA’s interpretation of Atlanta), three in the middle, and three more in the west. Vancouver and Toronto will serve as the first-ever hosts of World Cup games. The World Cup will be held in Monterrey for the second time, while Mexico City and Guadalajara will host it for the third time (1970 and 1986).
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The first World Cup to have 48 teams divided into 16 groups of three will occur in 2026. Each team will compete in two group stage matches (down from three), with the top two teams moving on to the round of 32. Additionally, it will mark the first World Cup to be held in three separate host nations.
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The rationale behind including 16 teams is to replace one round of group stage matches with a round of win-or-go-home knockout phase matches.
Which 16 venues were selected as host cities for the 2026 World Cup?
Atlanta – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Boston – Gillette Stadium
Dallas – AT&T Stadium
Houston – NRG Stadium
Kansas City – Arrowhead Stadium
Los Angeles – SoFi Stadium
Miami – Hard Rock Stadium
New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
Philadelphia – Lincoln Financial Field
San Francisco – Levi’s Stadium
Seattle – Lumen Field
Toronto – BMO Field
Vancouver – BC Place
Guadalajara – Estadio Akron
Mexico City – Estadio Azteca
Monterrey – Estadio BBVA