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FIFA will announce the venues for the 2026 World Cup.
A combined North American bid will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, including the USA, Canada and Mexico, while the 2022 World Cup will be hosted exclusively by Qatar.
HOW CAN I WATCH THE 2026 WORLD CUP CITIES ANNOUNCEMENT?
Cities will learn on Thursday if they have been selected to host one of the world’s most popular sporting events. Announcement coverage will begin on FS1 at 5 pm ET.
WHICH CITIES ARE CANDIDATES TO HOST THE 2026 WORLD CUP?
Since the combined North American bid is from the US, Canada and Mexico, the list of possible venues was narrowed down to just 23 cities. Of the 23 cities, three are from Mexico, three from Canada and 17 from the US. However, there is nothing set in terms of the number of host cities.
The cities under consideration are:
- Kansas City
- The Angels
- Mexico City
- New York/New Jersey
- San Francisco
- Washington DC/Baltimore.
FIFA is expected to choose between 16 and 19 venues, including between 10 and 12 in the US according to yahoo. American cities considered almost certain to host World Cup matches are New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl), Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium) and Dallas (AT&T Stadium).
HOW ARE THE CITIES SELECTED FOR THE 2026 WORLD CUP?
Each city under consideration makes a proposal to FIFA, which makes the decision on the venues. Factors include the stadium, which must have a pitch capable of being converted seamlessly into a football pitch, as well as training facilities, public transport and public funding.
WHICH CITIES HOSTED THE LAST WORLD CUP IN THE USA?
The last time the World Cup was held in the USA was in 1994. The nine host cities were:
- Los Angeles (Rose Bowl)
- San Francisco/Stanford (Stanford Stadium)
- New York/New Jersey (Giants Stadium)
- Massachusetts (Foxboro Stadium)
- Washington D.C. (Kennedy Memorial Stadium)
- Orlando (Citrus Bowl)
- Dallas (Cotton Bowl)
- Chicago (Soldier Field)
- Detroit (Silverdome).
WHAT WILL BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 2022 WORLD CUP AND THE 2026 WORLD CUP?
Let’s compare this year to the next iteration of the World Cup. In 2022 there are 32 teams divided into eight groups of four. The teams will play a total of 64 matches. While in 2026 it will be expanded to 48 teams, sixteen groups of three teams. The teams will play a total of 80 games.
WHEN IS THE 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP?
The first match will take place at 5 AM ET on Sunday, November 20, and the final match will take place at 10 AM ET on Sunday, December 18.
Note: Qatar is seven hours ahead of Eastern Time and 10 hours ahead of Western Time.
HOW CAN I WATCH THE 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP?
If you’re in the US, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be broadcast in English on Fox and FS1, both of which are available on all major streaming platforms. Telemundo will broadcast in Spanish in the US.
East Article was originally published in English by Kristen Conti for NBCSports.com For more from NBC Sports go to here.