Canadian, US and Mexican host cities named for 2026 World Cup
Fifa has revealed the cities that will host 2026’s World Cup, which will be hosted by US, Canada and Mexico.
It is expected that the US hosts 60 out of 80 games in the tournament, which includes every match from the quarterfinal to the final. Canada along with Mexico both play 10 games each.
The cities were officially announced in the Western, Eastern and Central zones during a ceremony held that took place in New York on Thursday.
The cities in the West include Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Guadalajara.
— USMNT (@USMNT) June 16, 2022
The Central zone, the locations were named Kansas City, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Monterrey and Mexico City. For the Eastern zone is home to New York/New Jersey Boston, Philadelphia, Miami and Toronto.
It could be the world’s only World Cup to include 48 teams, a step up from its existing capacity, which is 32. Fifa is yet to announce which venues will be hosting matches during the knockout stage. The venue that hosted the 1994 World Cup final, the Rose Bowl, will not be included in the 2026 World Cup.
US States and cities have gathered to receive tax benefits and billions of dollars in private and public investments to be in the running for playing matches by 2026. Fifa’s demands for tax breaks as well as other financial aid caused cities like Minneapolis, Chicago and Glendale, Arizona, to drop out of the race in the year 2018.
City officials and lawmakers elsewhere are more likely to accept concessions. There are some signs that the Republican governors from Georgia as well as Florida in May, signed legislation that eliminated sales tax on tickets to World games. Missouri lawmakers also drafted identical bills in the direction of Republican Governor Mike Parson last month. Three states were chosen as host cities.
The US Soccer study said hosting World Cup matches could bring an estimated $620 million to cities. However certain experts have put doubt on the economic advantages of hosting big sporting events.