Washington DC will NOT host the 2026 World Cup

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After years of preparation, we finally have our 16 host cities and the stadiums where the 2026 World Cup will be held, organized by USA, Canada Y Mexico. The main conclusions: 11 cities in the United States were selected from the pool of candidates, with three cities in Mexico and two Canadian cities.

The list:

  • USA: New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, Seattle, San Francisco/Bay Area and Los Angeles/SoFi Stadium
  • Canada: Vancouver and Toronto
  • Mexico: Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey

Hosting the tournament was conferred on rivals North America and CONCACAF four years ago, beating out a strong contender, Morocco, and it will be a remarkable competition for several reasons: it will be the first World Cup organized by more than one nation since 2002 when Japan and South Korea shared honors and it will be the first World Cup in history with three host countries. Mexico will make history as the first nation to host or co-host the tournament for the third time (after 1970 and 1986), the United States will host for the second time (after 1994) and it will be the first time Canada has hosted the men’s tournament, after hosting the Women’s World Cup in 2015.

Additionally, it will be the first World Cup with 48 qualified teams after FIFA’s vote in 2017 to expand the number of participating teams with respect to the current 32, which had been the norm since France 1998. In this new format, 16 groups of three teams, with the top two teams from each group advancing to a round of 32, with knockout matches up to the final.

In total, 80 matches will be played between these 16 venues, with the United States hosting 60 matches (including the quarterfinals, semifinals and final), while Mexico and Canada will host 10 matches each.

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