There are 23 candidates vying for the 2026 World Cup cities to be revealed. We do not know how many cities FIFA plans to use during the World Cup from the 23 remaining in the mix.
Coverage of the reveal is live on FS1 in English and Universo in Spanish at 5 p.m. ET.
Entering the reveal, the understanding is there will be two Canadian cities, three Mexican cities and 11 from the United States. In total, that mans the 16 cities involved sets a record for the most cities used in one World Cup. Similarly, this is the most spread-out World Cup in the history of the tournament. This is the first-ever World Cup that has three countries putting together a joint-hosted World Cup. Plus, it is just the second joint tournament in history after Japan and South Korea in 2002.
Consequently, there are more teams involved in this tournament than ever before. Forty-eight nations make the trip out to the United States, Mexico and Canada for the tournament come the summer of 2026. Here are the potential cities they will be in for that monthlong celebration.
|Edmonton (Commonwealth Stadium)||Los Angeles (Rose Bowl, SoFi Stadium)||Mexico City (Estadio Azteca)|
|Vancouver (BC Place)||New York City (MetLife Stadium)||Monterrey (Estadio BBVA)|
|Toronto (BMO Field)||Dallas (AT&T Stadium)||Guadalajara (Estadio Akron)|
|Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium)|
|Denver (Empower Field at Mile High)|
|Houston (NRG Stadium)|
|Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium)|
|Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)|
|Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Stadium)|
|Nashville (Nissan Stadium)|
|Seattle (Lumen Field)|
|San Francisco (Levi’s Stadium)|
|Boston (Gillette Stadium)|
|Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium)|
|Miami (Hard Rock Stadium)|
|Orlando (Camping World Stadium)|
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Live reaction to 2026 World Cup cities reveal
Here are my biggest misses on host cities for the World Cup. Denver seemed like a good bridge for the World Cup from west to east. Orlando had some sentimental value, but perhaps FIFA could not do Orlando, Miami and Atlanta in close proximity.
Christian Pulisic of the United States up next in the interview circle. The Hershey, PA, native will get to play in Philadelphia. It is just two hours between the two cities.
Pulisic says the squad is confident in the USMNT ahead of Qatar 2022. Had to see that kind of question coming, despite the purpose of the program.
Boston in, Orlando, Baltimore/Washington D.C., Nashville out. Pretty shocking. Personally, I am not the biggest fan of Gillette Stadium being in. A great American football stadium, but it does not seem overly suited for soccer, no disrespect to the New England Revolution.
Orlando, which had Camping World Stadium host games during the 1994 World Cup, is out. Therefore, only the Estadio Azteca has previous experience hosting World Cup games.
Gianni Infantino is the one to announce the east region for the 2026 World Cup:
- Toronto, OT, Canada – BMO Field
- Boston, MA, USA – Gillette Stadium
- Philadelphia, PA, USA – Lincoln Financial Stadium
- Miami, FL, USA – Hard Rock Stadium
- New York City, NY/NJ – MetLife Stadium
Hirving Lozano joins Andres Cantor (who does a live translation while interviewing Lozano). Like Osorio, Lozano mentions the honor of hosting the World Cup.
There have been many references to how Mexico is the only country to host the World Cup three times (1970, 1986 and now 2026). Fair enough on that end, it is a remarkable achievement compared to the countries like Brazil, Germany or Italy.
Not too many surprises in this one. Perhaps Houston is the biggest surprise. Two venues in Texas seems like a lot. That being said, it is one of the most-populated states in the country.
This also confirms that there will only be two Canadian cities, as Edmonton would have been in the central region.
Kansas City should also be a great venue at Arrowhead Stadium, which is one of the louder NFL stadiums.
Becky G will be the one to announce the cities for the central region. Here are the cities in the central region:
- Kansas City, MO, USA – Arrowhead Stadium
- Dallas, TX, USA – AT&T Stadium
- Atlanta, GA, USA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
- Houston, TX, USA – NRG Stadium
- Monterrey, Mexico – Estadio BBVA
- Mexico City, Mexico – Estadio Azteca
Jonathan Osorio, a midfielder for Canada, talks about what it means for the World Cup to come to Vancouver.
“It will be something similar to how the World Cup in 1994 spurred the growth of the sport in [the U.S.].”
The first shock of the day has to be the selection for Los Angeles. It is not a surprise to see the city selected, but the Rose Bowl, which hosted the Final in 1994, is not the venue selected. Instead, the multi-billion dollar facility which hosted the most recent Super Bowl is the venue from the City of Angels.
Here are the host cities coming from the western region for the World Cup:
- Vancouver, BC, Canada – BC Place
- Seattle, WA, USA – Lumen Field
- San Francisco / Bay Area, CA – Levi’s Stadium
- Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium
- Guadalajara, Mexico – Estadio Akron
Gianni Infantino is in studio to reveal the host cities. The reveal comes in three regions: West, Central and East.
Infantino first talks about his expectations for the 2026 World Cup.
“It will be huge, it will be fantastic. There will be millions of people coming. It will create something incredible for this part of the world.”
He also touches on the bump to 48 teams. Infantino says it gives more players a chance to reach for the stars.
Not quite the moment, yet. However, Ana Jurka from Telemundo Deportes is joined by Rob Stone from FOX Sports for the joint announcement of the venues. We also hear from Andres Cantor, the main voice for soccer on Telemundo.
Plus, for the second time, we see the moment the United Bid won the hosting role for the World Cup.
Even though you may be watching or following to see what the World Cup cities are for 2026, you get a preview of the 2022 World Cup and the United States outlook.
We will also hear from Christian Pulisic on his thoughts likely about the 2022 World Cup and what happens in the reveal.
As FOX goes through the traditional ‘pregame’ festivities, it is something to note that FOX and FS1 is the home of many of the major international competitions. CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and UEFA all have their major international competitions on the FOX family of networks.
Underway for the 2026 World Cup cities reveal! With two different languages used for the host locations in this World Cup, it should be interesting to see how FS1 and Telemundo Deportes announce the cities.
FOX calling the 2026 World Cup THE greatest World Cup of all time. It all starts with the cities.
It feels like this day has been a long time in the waiting for American soccer fans. The second men’s World Cup in the United States and the first in North America since that tournament in 1994, more cities are involved in this tournament than ever before.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is still about a half-year away, so this shapes up for some of the biggest soccer news and debate for the summer.
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