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Venue Selection Process for 2026 World Cup Delayed

Although some people think 6 years is a long time, organizing a 48-team World Cup across 3 countries is no walk in the park. Especially with the COVID-19 outbreak, every year counts. That’s why both FIFA and the U.S. Soccer Federation have resumed the selection process of the 2026 World Cup venue.

FIFA’s chief tournaments and events officer, Colin Smith, stated that he hoped to complete the venues selection by spring 2021, but that relied on the workshop launch date – which was March 2020 – and doing at least 2 inspection visits. Unfortunately, nobody could have predicted that the workshop would be one of the first casualties of the pandemic and with the steadily terrifying increase in cases, giving a final date to complete the process is considerably challenging.

Delay: 2026 US Host Cities selection

However, Smith asserted that by Q3 and the beginning of Q4 FIFA and US Soccer Federation will have drawn up a new inspection schedule. There are a lot of variables to consider a city in the selection process for the 2026 World Cup US venues. This includes pandemic-appropriate adjustments, high-quality airports, not to mention hospitality accommodations to weather and time zones. Supported by U.S. Soccer Federation, FIFA will select up to 16 venues in the joint bid by the USA, Canada, and Mexico. There are currently 23 Candidate Host Cities: 17 in the United States, 3 in Canada, and 3 in Mexico.

The 2026 Bid will include 80 games:

  • 10 stadiums in the USA (60 games)
  • 3 in Canada (10 games)
  • 3 in Mexico (10 games)

Here is a list of the American 17 candidate cities:

  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Cincinnati
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Kansas City
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Nashville
  • New Jersey/New York
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Washington

23rd edition of the FIFA World Cup

At the 2026 World Cup Football finals there is a record number of 48 participating countries. Having three host countries is also a first in World Cup Soccer history. The 23rd edition of the FIFA World Cup™ will begin and end in the summer of 2026. The qualifiers will start in 2023.

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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.


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.