The 16 host cities for the 2026 World Coup organized in the United States, Canada and Mexico are finally known after FIFA decision. It will be the first World Cup to boast 48 qualified teams following FIFA’s vote in 2017 to expand the field from 32 sides. In this new format, 16 groups of three teams will compete with the top two teams from each group advancing to a Round of 32, which will be single elimination all the way through to the final.It will also be the first World Cup hosted by more than one nation since 2002, when Japan and South Korea did it. There are 11 host cities in the United States for 2026, responsible for hosting 60 games including the quarterfinals, semifinals and final: Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Kansas City. Boston, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia and Miami.
Hosts cities in Canada will be Vancouver andToronto. In Mexico, the host cities will be Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara. The “main” opening match will likely take place in either Los Angeles or Mexico City – both cities that have previously hosted World Cup finals. Previously, the U.S. hosted the World Cup in 1994 and Mexico hosted the tournament in 1970 and 1986. Long before the world’s soccer fans arrive in North America, there’s the 2022 World Cup, taking place in host nation Qatar. The tournament begins Nov. 21 and runs through Dec. 18.