FIFA will name World Cup 2026 host cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada on June 16 via a live broadcast from New York City, the governing body announced Friday at 5 pm ET.
Twenty-two cities are vying for the chance to stage matches during the 48-team tournament held within three nations – both firsts for a FIFA Men's World Cup. Eighteen of the 22 cities in contention are home to Major League Soccer markets.
The full group is below, with reports suggesting that 16 cities will be chosen for what'll be 60 games in the US and 10 apiece in both Canada and Mexico.
United States candidate host cities (16)
- Atlanta - Mercedes-Benz Stadium
- Boston - Gillette Stadium
- Cincinnati - Paul Brown Stadium
- Dallas - AT&T Stadium
- Denver - Empower Field at Mile High
- Houston - NRG Stadium
- Kansas City - Arrowhead Stadium
- Los Angeles - Rose Bowl and SoFi Stadium
- Miami - Hard Rock Stadium
- Nashville - Nissan Stadium
- New York/New Jersey - MetLife Stadium
- Orlando - Camping World Stadium
- Philadelphia - Lincoln Financial Field
- San Francisco - Levi's Stadium
- Seattle - Lumen Field
- Washington DC/Baltimore - M&T Bank Stadium
Canada candidate host cities (3)
- Edmonton - Commonwealth Stadium
- Toronto - BMO Field
- Vancouver - BC Place
Mexico candidate host cities (3)
- Guadalajara - Estadio Akron
- Mexico City - Estadio Azteca
- Monterrey - Estadio BBVA
“In line with the previous stages of the FIFA World Cup 2026 selection process, any announcement will be made in the best interests of football, taking into consideration the needs of all stakeholders involved, as we aim to lay the foundations for the tournament to be delivered successfully across all three countries,” FIFA vice-president and Concacaf president Victor Montagliani said in a release.
“We can only reiterate our appreciation to all the cities and the three-member associations for their efforts and dedication to this process.”
Multiple items will be taken into account when determining the host cities, with stadiums topping the list. However, FIFA will also consider ancillary events and venues, and key aspects such as sustainability, human rights, legacy, general infrastructure and financial impact.
“During the past months we have had open exchanges with the candidate host cities on a number of different topics. We are very thankful and impressed by how dedicated and innovative they all are,” said Colin Smith, FIFA’s chief tournaments and events officer.
“The host cities will be absolutely key to ensuring the successful delivery of the competition. We look forward to working with them to deliver what will undoubtedly be the largest FIFA World Cup in history.”