2026 World Cup cities: the World Cup in North America will have sixteen host cities – and just as many stadiums. Which cities will host the 2026 World Cup? There are currently 23 Candidate Host Cities: 17 in the United States, 3 in Canada, and 3 in Mexico. Over the course of 2020 – 2021 (update: late 2021 because of the corona virus), this number will be reduced to the number of sixteen final locations. That means that seven cities, U.S. cities, will drop from this list.
The sixteen 2026 World Cup cities will host 80 matches: 60 games will have a U.S. city as a host (among which the final in New York / New Jersey), 10 will have a Canadian city as a host, and also 10 will be played in an Mexican city.
2026 World Cup host cities
World Cup cities USA (candidates)
- Atlanta (USA) (click for more info)
- Baltimore (USA)
- Boston (USA)
- Cincinnati (USA)
- Dallas (USA)
- Denver (USA)
- Houston (USA)
- Kansas City (USA)
- Los Angeles (USA)
- Miami (USA)
- Nashville (USA)
- New York/New Jersey (USA)
- Orlando (USA)
- Philadelphia (USA)
- San Francisco Bay Area (USA)
- Seattle (USA)
- Washington, DC (USA)
Originally, 45 cities in the USA, Canada and Mexico competed to become a Candidate Host City. While 23 host cities remain to date (since the United 2026 Bid has been awarded at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, on June 13, 2018) only 16 will eventually host (part of) the visiting country teams in the summer of 2026.
Which match(es) in which host city?
The total number of 80 matches will be divided into 60 matches in the United States, 10 matches in Canada and 10 matches in Mexico, according to United Bid’s plan. To the best of our knowledge, the description of the host city already lists in which round of the schedule one or more matches are scheduled. According to the United Bid, the final has been allocated to New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium). The opening match will be held in Los Angeles or Mexico City, and the semifinals will be in host cities Atlanta and Dallas. For more information about the stadiums, see: 2026 World Cup stadiums.
United Bid qualified Candidate Host Cities
Each host city has its own characteristics: the city’s ambience, its history, attractions and tourist hotspots, the makeup of the population and the number of inhabitants, the climate, the location, and even the time zone. The country in which the city is located also largely determines its appeal and characteristics. Important similarities are, among other things, the strong sports background of the 2026 World Cup host cities and well-organized infrastructure.
Host Cities World Cup Football 2026
The characteristics of each host city in terms of geography, culture, sports and other characteristics are all described on these pages. The list of match locations is divided by country: the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Division of 2026 World Cup games | country and city
The host countries, the United States, Canada and Mexico, are expected to have a combined population of approximately 550 million by 2026. The matches will be distributed as fairly as possible between east and west, north and south, both in the group stage and the knockout stage.
High Quality Stadiums
Now the bid was chosen to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, a further host city evaluation and selection process is required. All proposed stadiums are already fully operational; there is no need for new stadiums to be built. Six of the stadiums however will need renovation, the 2026 Bid states. The Bid also states that eleven of the proposed stadiums currently have artificial pitches, which will be replaced by natural grass. Overall, the United 2026 bid was recognized for presenting existing, moreover high quality stadiums.