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16 cities, 11 times USA: Cities hosting the 2026 World Cup

FIFA announced the cities hosting the 2026 World Cup on Thursday evening. The tournament is hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by three countries, which for the first time will have to deal with expanding the field of participants to 48 teams.

In this respect, the cities where the World Cup will be held are substantial. Most games take place in the United States, with Mexico offering three places and Canada two.

World Cup finals in Mexico and the United States

World Cup venues in the United States (11): Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle

World Cup venues in Mexico (3): Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey

World Cup venues in Canada (2): Toronto, Vancouver

In 2002 there were many more: 16 host cities, not a record

Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, Orlando, Washington and Edmonton were not included in the total 22 candidate cities. Despite the XXL World Cup, the 16 host cities did not represent a record number. The 2002 World Cup, co-hosted by Japan and South Korea, was held in 20 cities. Since the 1986 World Cup, the number of host cities has grown as follows: 2022: 8, 2018: 12, 2014: 12, 2010: 10, 2006: 12, 2002: 20, 1998: 10, 1919: 90 12, 1986: 12.

All games in the United States from the quarterfinals

It is yet to be decided which cities will host the final and opening match. “We will take our time and make decisions. We will choose the best cities for this,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Of the 80 games, 60 are scheduled to take place in the United States, including all games from the quarterfinals. Ten games each are scheduled for Canada and Mexico.

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NFL Stadiums are usually stadiums

In the western United States, Sophie Stadium in Los Angeles, Lewis Stadium in San Francisco 49ers and Lumen Field in Seattle are mentioned. The Kansas City Chief’s Arrowhead Stadium, the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, the Atlanta Hawks’ Mercedes Benz Stadium and the Houston Texans’ NRG Stadium are sponsored stadiums across the country.

Mexico twice, the United States once – the new territory for Canada

The World Cup has already been held twice in Mexico: Brazil won in 1970 (4-1 against Italy), and in 1986 Argentina defeated DFB selection 3-2 with Diego Armando Maradona. The 1994 World Cup was first held in the United States, with Brazil holding the title after beating Italy on penalties (Pen 3: 2). World Cup new territory for Canada.

Five cities have already been selected for the 1994 World Cup, including Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.