FIFA announces the 16 cities that will host the 2026 World Cup

After the announcement of the host countries of the 2026 World Cup, the International Football Federation has just revealed the 16 cities which will host the 23rd edition of the most prestigious competition in football.

A prestige that will be questioned since the World Cup organized by the Canada-United States-Mexico trio will be the World Cup of all exceptions. The body led by Italian-Swiss Gianni Infantino has opted for 11 American cities, 3 Mexican cities and two Canadian cities to host the 2026 World Cup.

Indeed, FIFA’s choice fell on the American cities of Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York (New Jersey), Philadelphia , San Francisco (Bay Area) and Seattle; the Mexican cities of Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey, while in Canada, only the cities of Toronto and Vancouver will host matches in the final phase of the competition.

The North American world will be the first to be organized by 3 different countries. However, the surprises of the 2026 World Cup are not about to end there. Following FIFA’s decision to increase the number of countries participating in the final phase of the World Cup, the edition hosted by the North American continent will see the participation of 48 selections for the first time in the history of the chopped off.

The move is part of FIFA’s drive to reform football and make Infantino’s program a reality.

Football everywhere and for everyone

The current format of the World Cup gives rise to incredible qualifications as each other. These entice the game, push the main players to surpass themselves on the green rectangle and impose reflection on the extent of football in our era.

Following a reformist model that aims to be unitary and fair, FIFA has decided to increase the number of countries participating in the World Cup, starting from the 2026 edition. As a result, the African continent, as a example, will have 9 qualifying tickets for the world instead of the current 5.

A reform that will require a change in the pattern of the playoffs in the African zone at the end of the next world. The 4 additional tickets would comfort the distress of many supporters broken by the non-qualifiers of their national teams at the world…

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