Matches for the 2026 World Cup are spread across three nations among them 11 US cities will host the matches. The 16 host cities will be Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle, Kansas City, and Missouri, which were among the cities that missed out on hosting the 1994 tournament.
The officials will decide later which of the 16 cities gets to host group play, and elimination round matches. Additionally, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, Tennessee, Orlando, and Florida, missed out.
“We congratulate the 16 FIFA World Cup Host Cities on their outstanding commitment and passion. Today is a historic day — for everyone in those cities and states, for FIFA, for Canada, the USA, and Mexico who will put on the greatest show on Earth. We look forward to working together with them to deliver what will be an unprecedented FIFA World Cup and a game-changer as we strive to make football truly global,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a news release.
“By 2026, soccer — or futbol — will be the No. 1 sport in this part of the world,” he added.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first time ever to feature 48 teams and will be the first time matches to be played in three countries. Those cities chosen to hold matches could see an estimated $160-$620 million in economic activity.