Cities that applied to host matches at the 2026 men’s World Cup, the first edition with 48 teams and the first to be held in three nations, will learn whether their bids were successful on Thursday.
FIFA, the world football governing body, is anticipated to name 16 host cities in total, with ten in the United States and three each in Canada and Mexico.
In April, FIFA stated that Vancouver, Canada had submitted a late application to be considered as a host city, leaving a total of 22 applicants.
Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Baltimore/Washington D.C., Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver are among the candidate cities across the three countries eagerly awaiting Thursday’s decision.
On Thursday, at 5 p.m. ET, the announcement will begin.
Last month, FIFA’s Chief Tournaments & Events Officer, Colin Smith, said in a statement that “During the past months we have had open exchanges with the candidate host cities on a number of different topics.” “We are very thankful and impressed by how dedicated and innovative they all are.
“The host cities will be absolutely key to ensuring the successful delivery of the competition. We look forward to working with them to deliver what will undoubtedly be the largest FIFA World Cup in history.”
After the first World Cup in 1994, the United States will host the World Cup for the second time, while Mexico will host for the third time, after hosting in 1970 and 1984. Although Canada hosted the Women’s World Cup in 2015, this will be the first time a men’s World Cup match will be contested there.
According to a 2018 US Soccer research, successful host towns might enjoy substantial financial benefits, with more than $5 billion in economic activity generated in North America.
According to the report, cities picked to host World Cup matches might generate between $160 and 620 million in economic activity.