— Published 20 June 2022

A map of 16 cities

Mondial 2026

FIFA has decided. With four years to go before the event, it unveiled last weekend in New York the 16 cities chosen to host the matches of the 2026 World Cup, co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada. Not surprisingly, the 2026 World Cup map will lean towards the United States, where 11 cities have been selected by FIFA: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, New York. Mexico has been honoured with three cities: Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey. Canada will have to make do with two sites, in Toronto and Vancouver. Six cities have been rejected: Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, Orlando, and the Washington DC/Baltimore ticket in the United States, and Edmonton in Canada. One unknown factor remains: the stadium for the final. It has not yet been chosen and should not be in the very short term, as FIFA still wants to discuss it and deepen its analysis. The 2026 World Cup will be the first to be held in three countries and the first to involve 48 teams, and it promises to be the antithesis of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in terms of travel. Some cities will be 4,000 km apart. But Gianni Infantino promised at the end of the week in New York that the issue would be studied closely. “we need to care about the fans and make sure that teams are playing in clusters, that fans and teams don’t have to travel crazy distances,” the FIFA president said.