FIFA unveils checklist of 16 cities in United States, Canada, and Mexico that may host matches in 2026 World Cup.
FIFA has unveiled the 16 cities throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico that may host matches throughout the 2026 World Cup — the primary time in historical past that three nations will co-host the worldwide soccer championship.
“Stellar line-up of #WorldCup 2026 Host Cities unveiled,” FIFA, world soccer’s governing physique, tweeted on Thursday.
Eleven US cities have been chosen, alongside three Mexican cities – Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico Metropolis – and two in Canada, Toronto and Vancouver.
Within the US, matches can be performed in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas Metropolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, Seattle, and within the San Francisco Bay Space.
FIFA has not mentioned which metropolis will host the finals.
Thursday’s announcement was met with pleasure from officers within the host cities, in addition to from nationwide soccer groups and associations within the three international locations.
The Twitter account for the US males’s nationwide workforce responded with an ecstatic, “LET’S GOOOOO!!!!!” shortly after the announcement. “To have a World Cup on this nation goes to be wonderful, Christian Pulisic, the workforce’s 23-year-old star, additionally mentioned.
“To have [a World Cup] on this nation goes to be wonderful.”
— USMNT (@USMNT) June 16, 2022
Philadelphia, positioned in Pulisic’s dwelling state of Pennsylvania, is likely one of the 11 US host cities. “I’ve performed in Philadelphia a few instances and it’s an incredible metropolis, and being from Pennsylvania myself, that’s actually terrific,” he mentioned concerning the choice.
The mayor of Mexico Metropolis, Claudia Sheinbaum, reacted to the information by tweeting, “The World Cup returns to town!”
“I can’t wait to welcome followers and gamers to our metropolis!” Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart additionally mentioned on Twitter. “And I do know we’re particularly wanting ahead to cheering on the Canadian Males’s Nationwide Crew for the primary time ever on dwelling soil!”
Canada Soccer President Nick Bontis congratulated Toronto and Vancouver for being chosen and thanked Edmonton, which had vied to host matches, for placing collectively its bid. “The competitors for venue choice was essentially the most strong in FIFA’s historical past,” Bontis mentioned in an announcement.
¡La @fifaworldcup_es regresa a la Ciudad! El Estadio Azteca será sede de la Copa del Mundo 2026
Somos la ciudad que más partidos mundiales ha alojado en la historia, 23; y el @EstadioAzteca también, pues aquí se han disputado 19 partidos mundialistas#LaCiudadQueLoTieneTodo⚽
— Claudia Sheinbaum (@Claudiashein) June 16, 2022
The 2026 event will mark the primary time in FIFA’s historical past that three international locations play host to the World Cup, which happens each 4 years and is likely one of the hottest sporting occasions on earth.
The number of the host cities comes simply days after Costa Rica secured the ultimate spot within the 2022 World Cup, with a victory over New Zealand on Tuesday.
The qualifying matches for the upcoming event, which can be held in Qatar, have been full of drama and heartbreak.
Ukraine, reeling amid Russia’s continued invasion, had its hopes dashed in a defeat to Wales in early June, whereas Peru was knocked out by underdog Australia this week after shedding on penalty kicks.