Soccer, or football fans, around the world are currently soaking up the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which will take place at an unusual time due to the host country’s climate.
In less than four years, however, the World Cup will return to its summer roots and will be held in the United States for the first time since 1994.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico and will be the first World Cup to feature 48 teams. The 2026 World Cup will be the first time the three countries will host a tournament together.
Despite hosting the opening game of the 1994 World Cup, the city of Chicago was not one of the 11 cities selected by FIFA earlier this year. There were several reasons for that.
First, former mayor Rahm Emanuel said FIFA wanted a “blank check” for expenses related to the event when the United States was chosen as the host country in 2018, citing the city’s bid for the tournament. has been withdrawn.
“International football officials wanted us to take on sporting events,” he said. there is no.”
With a capacity of just over 61,000 fans, there were concerns that Soldier Field would be too small to host the World Cup. The stadium was originally the smallest of more than 20 venues that ran to host matches.
In fact, only one city in the Midwest was chosen to host the game, as Kansas City was honored.
Here are the 11 US cities that will host World Cup matches in 2026.
Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle
Matches will also be held in five other cities in Mexico and Canada.
Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Toronto, Vancouver
The 2026 World Cup will be the first competition with an expanded field, with 48 teams competing for the most prestigious prize in international football. Normally, when a team hosts an event, it automatically qualifies for the tournament, but according to FIFA, it doesn’t if it’s hosted by three nations.
The United States, Canada and Mexico have all qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this fall. The tournament is usually held in the summer, but due to the extreme heat that occurs in Qatar during the summer, it was changed to November and he to December.