FIFA on Wednesday announced the 16 cities that will host matches for the 2026 World Cup, with 11 venues chosen in the United States, 3 in Mexico and 2 in Canada. The 11 American metro areas chosen to host the game were Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle.
Eleven U.S. stadiums were taken, all from the NFL. Arlington, Texas; East Rutherford, New Jersey; Foxborough, Massachusetts, and Inglewood and Santa Clara, California, were holdover areas from the 1994 tournament that boosted soccer’s American prominence.
Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, which hosted the 1970 and ’86 finals, will become the first stadium in three World Cups, selected along with Guadalajara’s Estadio Akron and Monterrey’s Estadio BBVA.
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Toronto’s BMO Field and Vancouver, British Columbia’s BC Place were picked for Canada’s first time hosting, while Edmonton, Alberta’s Commonwealth Stadium was dropped.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on FS1’s broadcast that the sites of the first game and the final were not yet decided.
In Los Angeles, two venues were up for consideration. FIFA opted for SoFi Stadium, the brand-new digs of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, over the Rose Bowl, which hosted the 1994 World Cup Final.
The finalist cities that were not selected were Baltimore/Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, Denver, Edmonton, Nashville and Orlando. Baltimore and Washington formed a joint bid earlier this year.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first time the tournament grows from 32 to 48 qualified countries. Three countries are sharing hosting duties for the first time.
Mexico has previously hosted the 1970 and 1986 World Cups and will become the first country to host for a third time. The U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup, while 2026 will be Canada’s first time hosting.