The 2026 FIFA World Cup has been awarded to the United States, Canada and Mexico. Of the 80 matches, 60 are scheduled to be played in the US, with Canada and Mexico each set to host 10. FIFA also plans to expand the number of teams to 48 from 32 for that tournament.
Here are the cities where the matches are set to be played:
Mexico – Mexico City, Monterrey & Guadalajara
Canada – Toronto, Montreal & Edmonton
US* – New York/New Jersey, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, Miami, Houston, Kansas City, Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington, Baltimore, Nashville, Orlando, San Francisco/San Jose & Cincinnati
*The US has submitted 17 cities to host matches, but that list is to be narrowed down to 10 by 2021. Each US city would host at least five matches. Mexico and Canada will get 10 games apiece.
According to Yahoo, the bid called for each of the three host nations to play in the opening matches. All three nations are expected to automatically qualify but that has not been made official. Some big-name cities also opted out of hosting, citing uncertainty over cost. They included Chicago, Minneapolis, and Tampa in the US and Vancouver in Canada.
The “main” opener will either be at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City or the Rose Bowl in Southern California. Canada’s opener would presumably either be in Toronto or Montreal.