— Published 23 November 2021

The visits are over

Mondial 2026

The circle is complete. On Monday 22 November, FIFA’s evaluation committee completed its long tour of potential 2026 World Cup sites in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In total, no less than 22 cities and 23 stadiums were visited and analysed by the FIFA delegation of experts, with a final stop in Toronto, Canada. The 2026 World Cup will not only be the first in history to be co-hosted in three neighbouring countries, it will also be the first to feature 48 teams in the final phase. The number of matches will therefore be the highest since the tournament’s inception. Canada and Mexico will each host the same number of matches – 10 – with the remainder being played in the United States. For Canada, two cities remain in the running after the withdrawal of Montreal: Toronto and Edmonton. Both are expected to be chosen. In Mexico, the three candidate cities are Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City. In the United States, the battle will be between 17 cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington. The list of host cities will be announced by FIFA next spring, probably in April 2022. Overall, we were absolutely delighted with the quality of the submissions,” said Colin Smith, FIFA’s head of events and tournaments. It was a very competitive process, which will make our decision even more difficult.”