FIFA Unveils Line-up of Host Cities for 2026 World Cup

Soccer's governing body, FIFA, has unveiled the names of the 16 cities that will host the FIFA World Cup 2026. It will be the first edition of the sport's showpiece event, which will feature 48 teams. The announcement was made on a TV show produced in collaboration with FOX and Telemundo from New York and broadcast live to host countries Canada, Mexico and the U.S., and to the whole world via FIFA+.

The 16 host cities include Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver.

FIFA says that the announcement follows a transparent and comprehensive bidding process in football history, with FIFA’s decision having been made in the best interests of the game, taking into consideration the needs of all stakeholders involved in the FIFA World Cup 2026.

“We congratulate the 16 FIFA World Cup Host Cities on their outstanding commitment and passion. Today is a historic day, for everyone in those cities and states, for FIFA, for Canada, the USA and Mexico who will put on the greatest show on Earth. We look forward to working together with them to deliver what will be an unprecedented FIFA World Cup and a game-changer as we strive to make football truly global,” said Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA.

Added Victor Montagliani, VP of FIFA and president of CONCACAF: “We were delighted by the unparalleled competitiveness of this selection process. We are extremely grateful not only to the 16 cities that have been selected, but also to the other six, with whom we look forward to continuing to engage and explore additional opportunities to welcome fans and participating teams. This has always been a FIFA World Cup of three countries, and that undoubtedly will have a tremendous impact on the whole region and the wider football community.”

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