Matches 16 cities to host groundbreaking FIFA World Cup 2026
- 16 cities to host matches of groundbreaking FIFA World Cup
- Announcement made on live TV show from New York
- FIFA World Cup 2026™ will be first edition to feature 48 teams and three host countries
Tonight marks a major milestone in the journey to the FIFA World Cup 2026, with the 16 host cities set to stage football’s greatest spectacle. FIFA announced 48 teams. The much-anticipated announcement was made via a television broadcast co-produced by FOX and Telemundo of New York, which was broadcast live to host countries Canada, Mexico and the United States, and worldwide via FIFA.
Today’s announcement follows the most transparent and comprehensive bidding process in football history, and FIFA’s decision was made in the best interests of the game, taking into account the needs of all stakeholders of the FIFA World Cup 2026.
“Congratulations to the 16 FIFA World Cup host cities for their outstanding commitment and passion Today is a historic day – for everyone in the cities and states, FIFA, Canada, the United States and Mexico that put on the world’s greatest spectacle. We look forward to working with them to deliver an unprecedented FIFA World Cup and change the game as we strive to make soccer truly global,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
“We are delighted with the unparalleled competitiveness of this selection process. we are extremely grateful to the city not only for the 16 selected, including the remaining six – with whom we look forward to continuing to work and exploring new opportunities to welcome fans and participating teams. It has always been a three-country World Cup. will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the entire region and the wider football community,” added Victor Montagliani, FIFA Vice President and Concacaf President.