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Where to watch the World Cup 2026 cities announcement

You can watch the World Cup 2026 cities announcement on TV to learn which cities have the honor of hosting soccer’s premier competition across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

On Thursday, June 16, FIFA names the host cities and stadiums for the 2026 World Cup. The shortlist is already down to 23 cities. In that list, there are three from Mexico, three from Canada and a remaining 17 from the United States. There is no set term on how many cities will host.

The cities vying to be announced as host are: Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington DC/Baltimore.

Something to keep in mind is the fact that the 2026 World Cup features 48 teams, a 12-team jump from the current set of nations. As a consequence, there are scheduled to be 16 groups of three teams. In total, there are to be 80 matches in total. In comparison, the current format of 32 teams has 64 games played.

Watch the World Cup 2026 cities announcement

You can live stream the World Cup 2026 announcement in both English and Spanish.

For English-language fans, watch the World Cup 2026 cities announcement on FS1 beginning at 5PM ET.

In terms of Spanish-language broadcasts, Telemundo Deportes will air the announcement live on Universo beginning at 5PM ET on Thursday (FS1 and Universo are available via fuboTV). The Universo channel has titled their broadcast Rumbo al Mundial 2026: Ciudades sede, which simply translates to “Road to the World Cup 2026: Host Cities.”

FOX Sports and Telemundo Deportes air a one-hour joint production that originates from the FOX Studios in New York City. FOX Sports’ Rob Stone and Jenny Taft and Telemundo Deportes’ Andres Cantor and Ana Jurka will serve as the hosts for the event. Stone and Jurka will pair up to cover the main stage, while Cantor and Taft anchor the action from the Plaza.

This is the first tournament to be joint hosted by three countries. In the past, there are instances of two countries hosting the World Cup, such as Japan and South Korea in 2002. However, each of the three nations hosting the 2026 World Cup has experience with major FIFA competitions. For example, the United States hosted the World Cup in 1994. Before then, Mexico hosted the competition twice. The first one was in 1970. Sixteen years later, Mexico hosted the 1986 World Cup. Finally, Canada hosted the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. While it is a smaller tournament on the grand scale, it still welcomed 24 teams.

It is a stark jump from 2022 to 2026. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is the most dense World Cup in the history of the competition. There are eight stadiums in five host ‘cities’, even though most of those cities are just outskirts of Doha. In 2026, it will be the most spread out tournament in history.

Potential World Cup cities

As stated, there are 23 potential cities across the three countries. However, there is no designation as to how many cities will be in a certain country. The general feel, at least before the announcement, is that FIFA will select three Mexican cities, two Canadian cities and 11 cities in the U.S. However, this could change.

The three Mexican venues, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City are all but assured. Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium is in the running to host the Final, as it did in both 1970 and 1986. Pelé and Maradona won World Cups in that vaunted stadium.

Canada could see its three candidates host games as well. BC Place in Vancouver hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final. However, it only just reentered its name for consideration in March of this year, replacing Montreal. Vancouver originally withdrew from consideration in 2018 after concerns of financial transparency and how much it would have to pay to bring World Cup games to the city.

In the U.S., it is anyone’s guess which cities and stadiums host World Cup games. Certain venues are guarantees. For example, the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and AT&T Stadium in Dallas are all sure-fire bids. However, with the likelihood of 11 cities, there are plenty of other options both big and small up for consideration.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Emmett

    June 15, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Safe to assume after all the money spent, US/Canada/Mexico will play all group games in their countries

    • Emmett

      June 15, 2022 at 11:22 pm

      ^^this was supposed to be a question

  2. Ed Poon

    June 14, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    I really hope they think about weather in July at 3pm for these sites (they will want times that Europeans can watch)

  3. Ed Poon

    June 14, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    I really hope they think about weather and the fact they will want to play these games at a time that Europeans can watch. Much of this country is just too hot for a 3pm match in July.

  4. Steve

    June 14, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    FIFA will be using NFL stadiums (except for the Rose Bowl). To generate more revenue, why not use stadiums owned by Universities. Michigan Stadium is the biggest in North America with over 100,000 seats. It holds the record for people watching a summer match between Real Madrid and Manchester United. Many university stadiums are much larger than NFL stadiums. If they are able to convert to soccer and meet FIFA’s guidelines for hosting cities, give them a shot.

  5. Mercator

    June 14, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Why would they put the final in Mexico, that’s silly Mexico is the most overrepresented country already in terms of hosting World Cups (Mexico shouldn’t even be co-hosting this one). Why are they using the Rose Bowl and not the $5 billion dollar stadium they just built in LA? How on earth can they have Baltimore host for DC, that’s ridiculous these are two different cities.

    Seattle, SF, Miami, Atlanta, Houston and Philly should also be guaranteed, would be stupid not to select any of these cities given their size and infrastructure. No one wants to come see Cincinnati or Kansas City if we are honest.

    • Jenni

      June 14, 2022 at 1:23 pm

      DC and Baltimore are different cities. but Audi Field isn’t big enough, and we’ve all seen the clips of a chunk of the stands collapsing and a pipe bursting at FedEx Field this past season.

    • MAC

      June 14, 2022 at 2:39 pm

      You are an idiot, KC is one of the most underrated cities in America! Who wants to get killed in Chicago or raped in Pittsburgh, no thanks

      • Mercator

        June 14, 2022 at 3:41 pm

        I may be in idiot, but I have been to Kansas City, it’s not the best of America I’m sorry to say. Laughable to bring up crime – “Kansas City has a violent crime rate of 1,596 violent crimes per 100,000 people, which is 417 percent higher than the national average.” Fans want to come and see San Francisco and Miami and New York, not Kansas City or Cincinnati.

        I get the DC issue, the national capital simply doesn’t have the infrastructure for an event of this scale, but they want something in the capital so they will substitute Baltimore. It’s a terrible idea – they should just skip DC.

      • Raphael B

        June 16, 2022 at 4:01 pm

        LOL. Who wants to go to KC when you can go to NY, LA, Miami, SF, Seattle and yes, even Chicago. Those are cities that tourists want to go to. Not KC. If it wasn’t for the Chiefs, nobody would even know you all have sports. What’s the name of your baseball team again?

  6. dave

    June 13, 2022 at 11:22 am

    Interesting that BC Place jumped back in. Before doing any research, I guessed BC Place as the marquee venue for Canada. But everything I read last year seemed like Vancouver’s decision to drop out was final
    .
    The article suggests flux in other areas. I had read that Azteca and Rose Bowl would each host an opening day match, that semifinals would be Atlanta and Dallas, and that finals would be MetLife. Seems there may be more moving pieces than several months ago. Looking forward to hearing the decisions

  7. Philip Palma

    June 13, 2022 at 9:36 am

    MetLife Stadium is in New Jersey, Not New York.

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