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Sites for World Cup ’26 set for June 16 announcement

CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani takes questions form the media during a press conference at Nissan Stadium Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn. A 24-member visiting delegation from FIFA and CONCACAF spent the day in Nashville touring Nissan Stadium and viewing potential Fan Fest sites downtown as the city tries to become a host site for the FIFA World Cup in 2026.Nas Fifa World Cup Visit 005
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FIFA said Wednesday that the stadiums in North America where the 2026 World Cup will be played will be announced live on June 16.

The expanded field in ‘26 will include 48 teams and the tournament will include 80 games — 60 in the United States, and 10 each in Canada and Mexico. The announcement will be broadcast live from New York City at 3 p.m. ET.

Only three sites in Canada (Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver) and Mexico (Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey) continue to be considered. Meantime, 17 U.S. stadiums reached the final round of consideration, with 11 expected to be selected.

The list of U.S. candidates: Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C./Baltimore. In the Los Angeles area, both the Rose Bowl and SoFi Stadium have submitted bids.

After missing the World Cup in 2018, both the U.S. and Canada have qualified for the 2022 World Cup (along with perennial qualifier Mexico), increasing anticipation for the 2026 event.

–Field Level Media