The FIFA World Cup 2026™, which will be the first to feature 48 teams and 80 matches, moved a step closer as FIFA completed a series of three workshops with the host associations and their respective candidate host cities.
Confirming the high level of interest sparked by the FIFA World Cup across the three host nations, interactive online workshop gathered all 17 candidate host cities from the USA and followed on from meetings with all Mexican and Canadian candidate host cities held earlier this year in Mexico City and Toronto, respectively.
Representatives from the following 23 candidate host cities attended the workshops:
Canada: Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto
Mexico: Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey
USA: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington DC.
During these sessions, FIFA provided an overview of the venue selection process while outlining the focus areas for the assessment of candidate host cities and addressing the rules and procedures relating to the venue selection process.
As the next key step in the selection process, in the coming weeks FIFA will organise individual meetings with all candidate host cities. In line with FIFA’s policy to follow the recommendations of the health authorities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, visits to all cities will take place whenever it is safe to do so, enabling the FIFA administration to then submit a proposal to the FIFA Council, which is set to appoint the FIFA World Cup 2026 host cities in 2021.
“Through our exchanges with the three host associations and the candidate host cities, we have sensed a great commitment and enthusiasm to offer the whole world a unique experience inside and outside of the stadiums. The FIFA World Cup 2026 will not only go down in history for being the first to include 48 teams, but also because of its impact on football development as a whole in line with FIFA’s objective of making our sport truly global,” said Colin Smith, FIFA Chief Tournaments & Events Officer.
“While stadiums remain the foundation for the successful hosting of a FIFA World Cup, it’s absolutely paramount to ensure the best possible solutions in relation to key infrastructure as well as sustainability, human rights and event legacy. We look forward to a highly competitive selection process over the next months.”