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Final list of 2026 World Cup Host Cities

FIFA has announced the final list of host cities and venues of the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America. On June 16, 2022, the United States has been allocated 11 cities / stadiums. Canada will have 2 host cities and stadiums in the spotlight: Vancouver and Toronto. Mexico has been assigned three cities being a host at the FIFA World Cup 2026: Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey.

As a result, 6 of the most recent candidate host cities have received a disappointing announcement: they are among the dropouts. With the definitive list of 2026 World Cup host cities and stadiums, a long period of tensity has come to an end.

Thanks to the successful BID United, the 2026 World Cup was awarded to the three North American host countries in 2018. Since then, largely in Covid time, there has been a phase of extensive FIFA site visits (both online and physical), postponement, speculation and above all… hope.

In New York, on Thursday, June 16, 2022, a special live press release was organized by FIFA. The World Football Association announced the following final 2026 World Cup host cities to the world:

Western Region:

Vancouver (BC Place Stadium)
Seattle (Lumen Field)
San Francisco Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium)
Los Angeles (SoFi Stadium)
Guadalajara (Estadio Akron)

Central Region:

Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium)
Dallas (AT&T Stadium)
Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
Houston (NRG Stadium)
Monterrey (BBVA Bancomer Stadium)
Mexico City (Azteca Stadium)

Eastern Region:

Toronto (BMO Field)
Boston (Gillette Stadium)
Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field)
Miami (Hard Rock Stadium)
New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium)

So, therefore, as divided per country:

World Cup 2026 cities USA:

• Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
• Boston (Gillette Stadium)
• Dallas (AT&T Stadium)
• Houston (NRG Stadium)
• Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium)
• Los Angeles Inglewood (SoFi Stadium)
• Miami (Hard Rock Stadium)
• New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium)
• Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field)
• San Francisco Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium)
• Seattle (Lumen Field)

World Cup 2026 cities Canada:

• Toronto (BMO Field)
• Vancouver (BC Place Stadium)

World Cup 2026 cities Mexico:

• Guadalajara (Estadio Akron)
• Mexico City (Azteca Stadium)
• Monterrey (BBVA Bancomer Stadium)

These recent candidate host cities have dropped out:

• Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium)
• Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium)
• Denver (Mile High Stadium)
Los Angeles Pasadena (Rose Bowl); Los Angeles has host SoFi Stadium
• Nashville (Nissan Stadium)
• Orlando (Camping World Stadium)
• Edmonton (Commonwealth Stadium)

2026 World Cup

The 23rd edition of the FIFA World Cup™ will begin and end in the summer of 2026. The qualifiers will start in 2023 and end in 2025. The FIFA World Cup 2026 will take place in Canada, Mexico and the United States. There are 48 participating countries, 80 update March, 2023: 104 matches (see also 2026 World Cup Schedule) and 16 host cities: 11 in the United States, 2 in Canada, and 3 in Mexico.

De definite dates, times and schedule of the matches will be released at a later date. The qualification stage is divided into six continental football zones worldwide: CONCACAF (North America, Central America, and the Caribbean), CONMEBOL (South America), CAF (Africa), AFC (Asia), UEFA (Europe), and OFC (Oceania). At the 2026 finals, the first round consists of sixteen groups of three countries Update: March, 2023: twelve groups of four. This already makes up 48 72 matches on the schedule. The knockout stage starts with the round of 32 (the 16th finals).

2026 World Cup broadcast

The announcement of the final list of 2026 World Cup Host Cities was broadcast live on FIFA Plus as well as Fox Sports / FS1. For Spanish speakers, the livestream could be followed at Telemundo Deportes on Universo, via fuboTV. More information about the future broadcasts of the World Cup can be found on this website at 2026 World Cup broadcast. Football fans worldwide can find all main World Cup North America information on www.2026worldcupnorthamerica.com.


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FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIcation

World Cup Football Qualifiers North America, Central America, Caribbean

Qualification North America, Central America, Caribbean

In North America, Central America and the Caribbean, the FIFA qualifiers run from March 18, 2024 to November 18, 2025. Six, seven or eight of the 32 participating CONCACAF nations qualify, joining hosts USA, Canada and Mexico.

World Cup Football Qualifiers South America

FIFA World Cup football Qualification South America

In South America, the FIFA World Cup qualifiers run from September 7, 2023 to September 9, 2025. A total of 10 CONMEBOL nations participate. Six to seven South American countries will qualify. There is one single round.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Europe

FIFA World Cup football qualification Europe

In Europe, the qualifiers run from March 17, 2025 to March 31, 2026. A total of 55 (of 54) UEFA nations participate. Sixteen European countries will qualify. There is one group stage (Round 1), followed by the European play-offs.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Asia

FIFA World Cup football Qualification Asia

In Asia, the World Cup qualification runs from October 12, 2023 to November, 2025. A total of 46 AFC nations participate. Eight or nine Asian countries will qualify. There are three qualifying rounds, before the play-offs.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Africa

FIFA World Cup football Qualification Africa

In Africa, the World Cup football qualifiers run from November 13, 2023 to November 18, 2025. A total of 54 CAF nations participate. Nine or ten African countries will qualify. There are two qualification rounds.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Oceania

FIFA World Cup football Qualification Oceania

In Oceania, the FIFA qualifiers for the World Cup football run from September, 2024 to March, 2025. Eleven OFC nations participate. One or two Oceanic countries qualify. There are three qualification rounds.


2026 HOST CITies & STADIUMS

Host Cities USA

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Host Cities Canada

With Vancouver, and Toronto, Canada has two host cities for the world's football finals in North America in 2026. Get more information about the characteristics of these exciting and diverse, dynamic cities.

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.

Stadiums USA

The United States will have eleven stadiums for the FIFA 2026 World Cup. Click for more information about these fantastic and modern venues in the USA, and which matches they will host.

Stadiums Canada

During the 2026 World Cup finals, these are the two venues in Canada: BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, and BMO Field in Toronto. Find out more about these attractive Canadian stadiums.

Stadiums Mexico

In Mexico, the FIFA 2026 World Cup will take place in these stadiums: Estadio Akron in Guadalajara, the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City and the BBVA Bancomer Stadium in Monterrey.