World Cup 2026 playing sites revealed as tournament will be staged across 3 countries

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The 2026 FIFA World Cup sites were announced Thursday.

One of the world’s biggest sporting events will be played in North America. 

The matches will be played at stadiums in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The Cup will be broken into three regions, and here is where matches will be played:

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Western Region

A view of the interior of SoFi Stadium during Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals Feb. 13, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif.

A view of the interior of SoFi Stadium during Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals Feb. 13, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif.
(AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)

  • Vancouver, Canada (B.C. Palace)
  • Seattle, Washington (Lumen Field)
  • Santa Clara, California (Levi’s Stadium)
  • Los Angeles, California (SoFi Stadium)
  • Guadalajara, Mexico (Estadio Akron)

Central Region

Fans watch at the start of an NFL game inside AT and T Stadium between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys Sept. 8, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. 

Fans watch at the start of an NFL game inside AT and T Stadium between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys Sept. 8, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. 
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

  • Kansas City, Missouri (Arrowhead Stadium)
  • Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium)
  • Atlanta, Georgia (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
  • Houston, Texas (NRG Stadium)
  • Monterrey, Mexico (Estadio BBVA)
  • Mexico City, Mexico (Estadio Azteca)

Eastern Region

An aerial view of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., June 20, 2014. 

An aerial view of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., June 20, 2014. 
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

  • Toronto, Canada (BMO Field)
  • Foxborough, Massachusetts (Gillette Stadium)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Lincoln Financial Field)
  • Miami Gardens, Florida (Hard Rock Stadium)
  • East Rutherford, New Jersey (MetLife Stadium)

It will be the first 48-nation World Cup, increased from the 32-team system used since 1998. There will be 16 groups of three nations. Each team will play two first-round games instead of three, and one nation in each group opens against an opponent who will have already played.

The top two teams in each group will move to a 32-nation knockout bracket.

The FIFA World Cup trophy is on display during an event at Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad Cultural Centre in Kuwait City May 16, 2022. 

The FIFA World Cup trophy is on display during an event at Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad Cultural Centre in Kuwait City May 16, 2022. 
(Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP via Getty Images)

The U.S. will host 60 of the 80 matches under FIFA’s plan, including all matches from the quarterfinal round of the knockout stage onward. It’s the first time the U.S. will host World Cup matches on the men’s side since 1994, two years before Major League Soccer held its first season.

Mexico will become the first country to host the World Cup three separate times. Canada is hosting men’s World Cup matches for the first time.

U.S. players run drills during a practice for the women's World Cup soccer final under the open roof of BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 4, 2015.

U.S. players run drills during a practice for the women’s World Cup soccer final under the open roof of BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 4, 2015.
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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The 2022 World Cup is set to kick off at the end of the year in Doha, Qatar.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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