The 16 host cities will be: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver.
FIFA officials will later decide which of the 16 cities will host the group games and which will host the knockout round matches.
“We congratulate the 16 host cities of the FIFA World Cup for their outstanding commitment and passion,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a press release. “Today is a historic day – for everyone in these cities and states, for FIFA, for Canada, the United States and Mexico who will put on the greatest show on Earth. We look forward to working with them to deliver what will be an unprecedented and game-changing FIFA World Cup as we strive to make football truly global.”
The 2026 Men’s World Cup will be the first edition to feature 48 teams and the first time matches will be played in three countries.
It will be the second time that the United States has hosted the World Cup after the first in 1994, and a record third time for Mexico, which also hosted in 1970 and 1986. It will be the first time that a Cup match Men’s World Cup will be held in Canada, although the country hosted the Women’s World Cup in 2015.
The study indicates that the cities chosen to host World Cup matches could see an estimated economic activity of between $160 million and $620 million.
Correction: A previous version of this story gave an incorrect year for a past World Cup in Mexico. It hosted the World Cups in 1970 and 1986.