World Cup in 2026
On Thursday, nearly four years after it was announced that the men’s FIFA World Cup 2026 would be back in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada (and coming to Canada for the first time) in 2026, 16 host cities were named for the first-ever 48-team tournament.
Eleven places in the U.S. are chosen, with five in the eastern third (despite what FIFA says about Atlanta), three in the middle, and three in the west. We will play world Cup games in Toronto and Vancouver for the first time. Mexico City and Guadalajara will host the World Cup for the third time (they also did so in 1970 and 1986), while we chose Monterrey for the second time.
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Here is the complete list of U.S., Canadian, and Mexican cities that will host the 2026 World Cup…
Which 16 cities were picked to host the World Cup in 2026?
USA (11) (11)
Atlanta – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Boston – Gillette Stadium
Dallas – AT&T Stadium
NRG Stadium in Houston
Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City
Los Angeles – SoFi Stadium
Miami – Hard Rock Stadium
MetLife Stadium in New York and New Jersey
Philadelphia – Lincoln Financial Field
San Francisco – Levi’s Stadium
Canada (2) (2)
BMO Field is in Toronto.
Vancouver – B.C. Place
Mexico (3) (3)
Guadalajara – Estadio Akron
Mexico City – Estadio Azteca
Monterrey – Estadio BBVA
Format and qualification for the 2026 World Cup
Now that we know the World 2026 cities, stadiums, and venues, let’s talk about the tournament itself…
First, it is thought (but not confirmed) that the USA, Canada, and Mexico will automatically qualify for the 2026 World Cup because they are the host countries.
The World Cup in 2026 will be the first time there will be 48 teams in 16 groups of three. Each team will play two games in the group stage instead of three. The first and second-place teams will move on to the round of 32. It will also be the first time that the World Cup 2026 is held in three different countries.
The reason for adding 16 teams is to eliminate one round of games in the group stage and replace it with an extra round of “win or go home” games in the knockout rounds.
New Format of World Cup
The new format will ensure that almost every game at the World Cup is significant. This is because the final round of group games may not matter, depending on the results of earlier games.
Yes, FIFA will make a lot more money by changing the format, but fans will get a better product all the way through, with even more global superstars from “lesser” national teams than ever before.