2026 World Cup venues: FIFA confirms host cities and stadiums in the United States, Mexico and Canada
FIFA has confirmed the cities and stadiums that will host matches for the 2026 World Cup, with the tournament taking place in America, Canada and Mexico
Los Angeles and Vancouver have been announced among the 16 host cities for the World Cup in 2026.
The world is currently preparing for the 2022 edition in Qatar this winter – the first World Cup to be held outside its usual summer window. In four years, the competition will take place again this summer and will take place in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
A joint bid of the three North American countries, presented under the name “United”, saw a proposal from Morocco, winning more than two-thirds of the vote, in 2018. The United bid commanded 134 of the 203 delegates entitled to vote in 68th FIFA Annual Congress.
Besides LA and Vancouver, the cities of Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver will all be host action in the 2026.
11 of the named host cities are in the United States, three in Mexico and two in Canada. Cities like Cincinnati, DC, Denver, Edmonton, Nashville, Orlando were all candidates to host games but failed to qualify.
The United States, Mexico and Canada were separated into western, central and eastern regions to ensure the competition was spread across the wide area. The 2026 World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams – down from the current 32 – with the expansion of the tournament. Mexico will also be the first country to host three times after being the venue in 1970 and 1986.
After winning the bid, Carlos Cordeiro, the president of US Soccer, told the FIFA congress: “It’s a bit emotional for us today. Thank you so much for this incredible honor. Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026. The beautiful game transcends borders and cultures. Football is today the only winner. And with that in mind, we wish good luck to all the Russian hosts and all the teams competing here.
America hosted the World Cup in 1994. England did not attend this competition after failing to qualify. Brazil ultimately triumphed, eliminating Italy in a penalty shootout at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles.
The full list of locations is as follows:
Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium: 74,295 seats)
Boston (Gillette Stadium: 65,878 seats)
Dallas (AT&T Stadium: 80,000 capacity)
Guadalajara (Estadio Akron: 46,355 seats)
Houston (NRG Stadium: 72,220 seats)
Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium: 76,416 seats)
Los Angeles (SoFi Stadium: 70,000 seats)
Mexico City (Estadio Azteco: 87,523 seats)
Miami (Hard Rock Stadium: 65,326 seats)
Monterrey (Estadio BBVA: 51,000 seats)
New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium: 82,500 seats)
Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field: 67,594 capacity)
San Francisco Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium: 68,500 seats)
Seattle (Lumen Field: 72,000 capacity)
Toronto (BMO Field: 30,000 seats)
Vancouver (BC Place: 54,500 seat capacity)