FIFA reveals cities that will host the 2026 World Cup in Canada, USA and Mexico; see list
In total, there will be 16 headquarters divided between the three countries. It will be the first edition of the World Cup with 48 teams.
FIFA announced, on Thursday, 16, the host cities for the 2026 World Cup, which will take place in the United States, Mexico and Canada. In all, 16 locations were revealed for the matches. This is because this will be the first edition of the World Cup with 48 teams.
— We will try to organize the Cup in a way that the teams and the fans do not have to travel a lot. At the opportune moment we will decide the venue for the opening and the stage for the final – said the FIFA president.
The United States, with 11 venues, is the country with the most locations in the World Cup. Even Los Angeles is one of them. It is the city where the Brazilian team was world champion in 1994. However, the stadium that will represent California will be the SofiStadium and not the Rose Bowl, as it was 28 years ago.
In Mexico, the highlight is the Estadio Azteca, which will host the third time in the history of the World Cups. In Canada, Toronto is in evidence for hosting a men’s World Cup years after hosting the women’s final.
As the United States Organizing Committee has not confirmed the Rose Bowl, it misses the chance to be the largest stadium in the 2026 World Cup. As they opted for SofiStadium, the largest will be MetLife Stadium, in New York, with a capacity of 82,500. The largest in Mexico will be Azteca in Mexico City (81,070), while in Mexico it will be BC Place in Vancouver (54,500).
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In all, 22 cities applied and awaited the decision of the entity this Thursday. Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, Orlando, Washington and Edmonton were the ones left out.
—The host cities will be absolutely essential to ensure the success of the competition. We look forward to working with them to deliver what will undoubtedly be the greatest FIFA World Cup in history,” said Colin Smith, FIFA’s Director of Competitions and Events.
Mexico has hosted the World Cup twice, in 1970 and 1986. In the first one, Brazil won three times with one of the best teams of all time; in the second, 16 years later, Argentina led by Diego Maradona became two-time world champion.
The United States has also hosted the Cup: in 1994, Brazil was champion again, celebrating the tetra with a penalty shootout victory over Italy. It will be the first time that Canada will host.
South Americans relaunch candidacy
This Thursday, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay re-launched their bid to host the 2030 World Cup. Members of the countries’ governmental organizations signed an agreement and made the bid official, with Paraguay’s vice president, Hugo Velázquez, as spokesperson for the meeting in Asunción.
“Our objective is to re-launch the intention of the four governments to carry out the 2030 World Cup,” Velázquez said at a press conference after the meeting.
The idea of hosting the 2030 World Cup came with Uruguay, which wants to host the World Cup 100 years after the first edition, which took place in the country. Subsequently, Argentina and Paraguay were added to the bloc.
Portugal and Spain must also form an application. China is another country moving to host the World Cup.
Source: O Globo Agency