The United 2026 World Cup bid has unveiled its 23 host city candidates, a slate that includes several major markets across Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
The United Bid offers FIFA more than the required number of qualified Candidate Host Cities and stadiums to be considered as part of a final Host City evaluation and selection process. If the 2026 FIFA World Cup is awarded to the United Bid, FIFA will select up to 16 Host Cities from the proposed slate of 23.
Canada, Mexico, and the United States require no new stadium construction to stage the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The United Bid will instead be able to work with FIFA to ensure the players, officials, and fans have an extraordinary experience at the largest FIFA World Cup ever staged.
“Canada, Mexico, and the United States have joined together to deliver a United Bid that offers FIFA and its member associations the power of unity, the promise of certainty, and the potential of extraordinary opportunity,” said John Kristick, Executive Director of the United Bid. “We are confident that the combination of our 23 existing world-class stadiums, 150 existing elite training facilities, and our modern and interconnected transportation network can help FIFA to achieve new records for attendance and revenue, which will allow the entire global football community to improve and grow.”
“The United Bid is honoured to present to FIFA a bid that symbolizes the collective efforts of our three countries and our 23 Candidate Host Cities that have the demonstrated history and ability to stage the newly expanded 2026 FIFA World Cup. As stewards for the world’s largest sporting event, our diverse and inclusive cultures will welcome all players, officials and fans in celebration of the game in North America and around the world,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Bid Director and General Secretary, Canada Soccer.
“We’re even more confident we have everything needed to deliver the largest, most compelling FIFA World Cup in history and help accelerate the growth of football across North America and around the world,” said Yon de Luisa, Mexico Bid Director.
The United Bid’s final Candidate Host Cities are:
New York/New Jersey
San Francisco Bay Area
All of these cities will offer existing venues that would be used for World Cup matches. The bid also states that it has secured more than 150 options that could be used for training sites.
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