The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will start in just five months, but the tournament organizer will look beyond Thursday – far beyond – when naming the host cities for the 2026 World Cup in North America.
The 2026 Championship will be a multinational affair hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada, which won a tender four years ago. But the choice of cities to host matches rests with FIFA, the governing body of global football. FIFA, which once relied on local organizing committees for key responsibilities in planning the World Cup, returned them home in 2026.
World Cup fans are familiar with many choices. Two stadiums – Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium (twice) and Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California – have already hosted the World Cup final. Six of the American cities and all three of Mexico were in the previous matches of the main World Cup, while two of the Canadian finalists were checked by FIFA before hosting the 2015 Women’s World Cup matches.
FIFA is expected to select 16 cities from a list of 22 finalists to be split – rather unequally – among the three host countries, with the most important decision on the 2026 tournament since it was chosen to host North America.
United States (16): Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Mo., Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York / New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, & Washington, DC / Baltimo.
Mexico (3): Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterey
Canada (3): Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver.
The 22 finalists escaped competition in 2017 and saw more than 40 applications from potential North American host cities, in a group that once included the most confident items such as Los Angeles, New York / New Jersey and Mexico City, but also dashed hopes for such venues. , Such as New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, Florida, USA; And Montreal, Ottawa and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Mexico’s three candidate cities, interestingly, have never changed The first list Last in 2017.
“In accordance with the previous stages of the FIFA World Cup 2026 selection process, any announcement will be made in the best interests of football,” FIFA Vice President Victor Montalian said last month. In the past.