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FIFA snubs Washington D.C. selects 16 North American cities to host 2026 World Cup

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The United States, Canada and Mexico will share the spotlight as World Cup hosts for the first time in history during the 2026 edition. On Thursday, the big announcement of all the venues was finally made with some surprises in store. The U.S. is getting 10 cities hosting the event, Mexico is getting three and Canada is surprisingly getting two.

For FIFA snubs a historic country like Mexico with two previous hosting duties in the tournament, this will be the third time doing it and Azteca Stadium will be the first venue in football history to host a World Cup. It saw Pele win the trophy in 1970 and Maradona win it in 1986. The accomodation will be West, Center and East depending on the time zone of each city.

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With a whopping 11 venues as the lead organizer of the tournament, the United States gets the cities of Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles in the West. Kansas City, Dallas and Houston in the Center. In he East, they get Boston, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Miami. Los Angeles’ Lo-Fi Stadium is believed to be amongst the strongest candidates to host the final.


Kansas City and Boston are among the North American cities that will stage 2026 men’s World Cup matches — but Washington D.C. and Baltimore are not.

FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, revealed the tournament’s hosts on Thursday here in Manhattan. It selected three Mexican cities, two Canadian ones, and 11 in the United States — New York/East Rutherford, N.J.; Philadelphia; Boston/Foxborough; Miami; Atlanta; Houston; Dallas/Arlington; Kansas City; Los Angeles/Inglewood; San Francisco/Santa Clara; and Seattle.

It did not, however, select the U.S. capital. “This was a very, very difficult choice,” Colin Smith, FIFA’s chief competitions and events officer, said. He acknowledged that “it’s hard to imagine. a World Cup coming to the U.S. and the capital city not taking a major role.”

Washington D.C.

Merged its bid with Baltimore earlier this spring to counter FIFA’s concerns about FedEx Field, the oft-ridiculed home of the Washington Commanders. FIFA officials confirmed widespread negative perceptions of the stadium when they toured it last fall, sources told Yahoo Sports. In response, FIFA snubs organizers pitched a plan to play games at M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the Baltimore Ravens, while hosting ancillary festivities and VIP events in Washington.

But FIFA ultimately snubbed the joint bid:

Instead chose Boston and Kansas City, two other bubble cities. Boston’s bid was boosted by Robert Kraft, who was the honorary chair of the North American bid committee, and who has a personal relationship with FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

A FIFA spokesman also confirmed to Yahoo Sports that the Los Angeles games would be held at SoFi Stadium, not the Rose Bowl. (Organizers had considered staging games at both.)

The U.S., FIFA snubs Canada and Mexico won the right to host the 2026 edition of the world’s most-watched sporting event back in 2018, and offered two dozen metropolitan areas as potential venues for matches. They originally proposed that there’d be 10 in the U.S., and three each in Mexico and Canada.


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