Despite the fact that the FIFA World Cup 2026 will be held in Mexico, Canada, and the United States, it will still be a North American tournament. This is a first for the World Cup since 2002. The previous World Cups have been played in nine cities in the United States. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, was the host location for the 1994 World Cup final.
The 2026 World Cup will be held in June and July, and will feature 48 teams. Organizers are expecting each host city to host four or six matches during the tournament. Each team will play two matches against other teams in its group. The first and second-place teams will advance to the knockout stage. In addition, a third and fourth-place team will move to the semi-final stage.
In addition to the hosts, 16 other cities across the United States will host matches. These host cities will be chosen from a list of 17 candidates. Some of these stadiums have already hosted NFL teams. Others are home to MLS teams. In addition to the World Cup, some of the stadiums may host a variety of other events.
The host cities will continue to prepare. It is estimated that the net economic impact will be $500 million. FIFA will select the host city when it is announced in the next few months. The final decision will be made in the first half of 2022. The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar, while the 2026 World Cup will be held in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
The United Bid, a joint bid from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, was officially announced on April 10, 2017. It is the first time that three nations will have hosted a World Cup. It highlights the financial opportunity for North America and how large stadiums can be used efficiently.
The joint bid was made to demonstrate the economic benefits of hosting a World Cup. It also highlighted the ease of using large stadiums for soccer matches. The United Bid proposed a regional cluster for each team. This will help spread the wealth of the tournament to more cities. The three countries are hoping that their joint bid will bring a new chapter to the “world’s number one sport.”
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, was the host location for the 1994 World Cup final. It is expected that the Rose Bowl will still be the location for the main opening match. In addition to the Rose Bowl, other host cities included San Francisco/Stanford, New York/New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Orlando. It is also possible that the Rose Bowl could host multiple games during the 2026 World Cup.
Although the 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico, it will be a test run for expansion to 48 teams. FIFA is hoping to make the tournament as seamless as possible. This will also help limit travel. Each country will host a number of group stage matches, while other group stage matches will be played in a single nation.