48 national teams will participate in the 2026 World Cup. This number is unprecedented in the history of the World Cup soccer. The maximum number of participating countries so far has been 32, as is the case at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The countries participating in the final round in the summer of 2026 will be determined by their performance in the qualification stage. You can read more about it at: World Cup football Qualification. At the moment, all 210 FIFA member countries are still in the running for the world title.
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Host Cities USA
The 2026 American Dream: the United States is one of the three hosts of the World Cup Soccer in North America. It is the host country with the most host (Candidate) Host Cities.
The United States will have ten stadiums for the 2026 World Cup. The Rose Bowl Stadium in Los Angeles is aiming for the opening match. The MetLife Stadium, New York/New Jersey, is candidate for the final.
Host Cities Canada
There are currently 23 Candidate Host Cities for the world's football, of which three are located in Canada: Edmonton, Montréal, and Toronto. Each host city has its own characteristics.
During the 2026 World Cup final, the following three stadiums in Canada are contenders: the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, the Olympic Stadium in Montréal and the BMO Field in Toronto.
Host Cities Mexico
With Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico has three candidate host cities for the World Cup in 2026. Each host with its specific ambience, history, attractions, hotspots and other features.
An important part of the 2026 World Cup will take place in Mexico. Candidate stadiums: Estadio Akron in Guadalajara, the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City and the BBVA Bancomer Stadium in Monterrey.