NEW YORK – On the eve of submitting its bid to FIFA to host the 2026 World Cup, the United Bid Thursday announced its list of 23 candidate host cities that will be included in the bid book.
The United Bid offers FIFA more than the required number of qualified candidate host cities and stadiums to be considered as part of a final Host City evaluation and selection process. If the 2026 FIFA World Cup is awarded to the United Bid — the U.S., Canada and Mexico — FIFA will select up to 16 host cities from the proposed slate of 23.
Morocco is the other bidding country for the 2026 World Cup.
Chicago and Vancouver have dropped out as candidate cities.
The three countries require no new stadium construction to stage the 2026 World Cup.
“Canada, Mexico, and the United States have joined together to deliver a United Bid that offers FIFA and its member associations the power of unity, the promise of certainty, and the potential of extraordinary opportunity,” said John Kristick, executive director of the United Bid. “We are confident that the combination of our 23 existing world-class stadiums, 150 existing elite training facilities, and our modern and interconnected transportation network can help FIFA to achieve new records for attendance and revenue, which will allow the entire global football community to improve and grow.”
Said Peter Montopoli, Canada bid director and general secretary of Canada Soccer: “The United Bid is honored to present to FIFA a bid that symbolizes the collective efforts of our three countries and our 23 candidate host cities that have the demonstrated history and ability to stage the newly expanded 2026 FIFA World Cup,” . As stewards for the world’s largest sporting event, our diverse and inclusive cultures will welcome all players, officials and fans in celebration of the game in North America and around the world.”
Added Mexico bid director Yon de Luisa: “We’re even more confident we have everything needed to deliver the largest, most compelling FIFA World Cup™ in history and help accelerate the growth of football across North America and around the world.”
Among the advantages the United Bid stated:
* Each of the stadiums included in the United Bid’s proposal are already built and have an average capacity of more than 68,000.
* The United Bid has secured more than 150 training site options, including Major League Soccer and Liga MX stadiums, Division I college and university facilities, and specialized football centers, many with longstanding experience hosting international football teams for training.
* All the cities feature modern and interconnected transportation networks, a variety of world-class accommodations, media and technology infrastructure, and provide the certainty needed to ensure a smooth World Cup.
The United Bid’s hosting vision and strategy projects more than 5.8 million tickets will be sold, generating in excess of $2 billion in ticketing revenue and ensuring every stadium for every match will be filled with supporters from around the world.
The United Bid’s final candidate host cities are: